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Roy Smiles



Nick Quinn

Roy Smiles is an award winning playwright & singer songwriter from West London.

He is the author of twenty-six produced stage plays.

He has had productions staged in the UK, US, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Israel, the Czech Republic and Sweden.

Six of his plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

He has recorded eight albums of original songs on the Bandcamp label.

From 1986 to 1990 he was the film reviewer for The Punter magazine in Brighton.

In 1992 his first play Schmucks was staged at the B.A.C. Telling of a fictitious meeting between Lenny Bruce & Groucho Marx. It later had its US premier at The Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia in 2008.

During the 1990’s his many fringe plays were staged at the Edinburgh Festival, Old Red Lion, The Kings Head, The Finborough & Jermyn Street Theatres.

He won Guinness Fringe Theatre Awards in both 1994 and 1995.

From 1994 to 2000 he was script editor for both Fugitive Films & Year Zero Films.

In 2000 he won a playwriting attachment to the Royal National Theatre.

In 2004 West Yorkshire Playhouse staged Ying Tong, his story of The Goon Show, which transferred to the New Ambassadors Theatre in London. Produced by Michael Codron. It was later staged in the US, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa; later being broadcast on Radio 4.

In 2006 he played the lead in his play about the Comedy circuit: The Ho-Ho Club alongside Sally Lindsay at The Kings Head Theatre.

In 2007 Good Evening, his story of the Beyond The Fringe team, had its world premier in South Africa. It was later broadcast on Radio 4.

In 2008 Year Of The Rat, his story of George Orwell’s attempts to write Nineteen Eighty Four, had its British premier at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Produced by Michael Codron. It was later staged twice in New Zealand.

Pythonesque, his play about the Monty Python team, had its British premier at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival. It was later staged in South Africa & broadcast on Radio 4.

His play about Kurt Cobain’s suicide: Kurt & Sid which starred Shaun Evans as Kurt Cobain and Danny Dyer as Sid Vicious, was staged at the Trafalgar Studios in London in 2009.

Backstage, his screw-ball 1930’s farce had its world premier at The Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009.



His play about Senator Robert F. Kennedy:The Last Pilgrim was staged at The White Bear Theatre in 2010. It was short listed for Best Play at the 2011 Off West End Awards.

His musical Burlesque, co-written with Adam Megiddo, was staged at the Jermyn Street Theatre in 2011. It won Best Musical at the Off West End Awards in 2012.

The Lad Himself, his play about TV & radio comedian Tony Hancock, was staged at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival.

In 2013 Radio 4 broadcast his play about the Dad’s Army team: Dear Arthur, Love John.

Plum, his play about PG Wodehouse, had its world premier at The Court Theatre in New Zealand in 2014.

In 2014 Radio 4 broadcast his play about The Two Ronnies: Goodnight From Him.

Reno, his play about Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller, had its premier at The Rialto Theatre in Brighton in December 2014.

In 2015 Martin Jarvis played Terry-Thomas in his Radio 4 play: Memories Of A Cad. With Alistair McGowan as Richard Briers.

Ying Tong, Year Of The Rat, Pythonesque and Kurt & Sid have been published by Oberon Books.

His book on his writing influences: Funny People was published by Oberon Books in 2012.

In 2018 Oberon published Ten Plays by Roy Smiles. On the subects of Richard Burton, Oscar Wilde/George Bernard Shaw, Marilyn Monroe/Arthur Miller, the Enola Gay, the London Riots of 2012, Lenny Bruce/Groucho Marx, Albert Camus, Tony Hancock, Evelyn Waugh & the Iraq War.


                                             Unproduced Plays

Slum Boy – the story of sad face comedian Les Dawson’s rise from the slums of Manchester to fame. Cast of one.

East Windtwo Western hostages, a quiet American & a deranged Canadian, held in the Middle East find their humanity while in chains. Cast of two.

After Arthur – Peter Cook & Dudley Moore’s volatile competitiveness is explored  after Moore’s Hollywood success in the movie Arthur. Cast of two.

Ava – the young Ava Gardner confronts her older self about a tempestuous existence & self-destructive marriage to Frank Sinatra. Cast of two.

The Funny Girls – two New York Jewish actresses, loosely based on Barbra Streisand & Joan Rivers, bicker across years of struggle & fame. Cast of two.

Ortonesquethe story of doomed lovers (playwright) Joe Orton & Kenneth Halliwell told through the eyes of a downstairs neighbour. Cast of three.

Refugees – in a refuge for battered wives two women come to terms with their violent pasts and grasp, tentatively, towards a friendship & future. Cast of three.

Working For Mammon – a Hackney school-teacher becomes embroiled
in the 2011 London riots whilst befriending a 16 year old girl in trouble. Cast of three.

Waugh In Winter acerbic right wing author Evelyn Waugh meets his match in a supposed BBC interviewer. Cast of three.

The Weight Of Days – Albert Camus & Jean-Paul Sartre’s infamous literary & personal feud in 1950’s Paris reaches boiling point over a shared lover & Algeria. Cast of four.

John Wayne’s Walk – the spirit of movie legend John Wayne helps a nerdy agoraphobic find love & happiness in present day Philadelphia. Cast of four.

Hard Night’s Day – the story of The Beatles told in the ironic style of A Hard Day’s Night. Cast of four.

Fallen Sparrowthe last night on earth of John Garfield, Hollywood movie actor, hounded to death by the Communist Witch-hunts. Cast of five.

Vienna (1913) – Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky find themselves in the same Viennese boarding house in the spring of 1913. Cast of six.

What Kind Of Fool? – the story of cockney actor & singer songwriter Anthony Newley. Told through the songs of Newley & Leslie Bricusse. Cast of six.

The VIP Richard Burton, the Welsh movie & theatre star, fog bound at Heathrow airport in 1968, reflects on a life & talent wasted. Cast of seven.

Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde survives imprisonment, heartbreak, enforced labour & George Bernard Shaw. Cast of seven.








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