Still Stationery

by Andy Smith

A winning play in the Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition in 1995, Still Stationery describes the disappearance of Frank through the correspondence and junk mail delivered through his letter-box. Although Frank never actually appears, the pile of notes left by his friends in their increasingly desperate attempts to contact him paint a vivid picture of him by the end of the play. The play was directed and produced by IRDP's Tim Crook, and was mastered in Dolby ProLogic Surround Sound. The play was originally broadcast on LBC, and a stage version played to a full house at the Cottesloe Theatre at the Royal National on London's South Bank.

Still Stationery was our Internet Play of the Month in January 1998.

You can find out about our current Play of the Month by clicking here.

The Cast:

Sophie - Joanna Wyatt

Alexandra - Lisa Bowerman

Diana - Faith Salie

Eileen - Nerys Hughes

Clive - Clive Wedderburn

Frank's father - Bernard Brown

The many voices of junk mail - Jamie Ripman

Andy Smith and some of the cast

The photo shows Andy Smith with some of the cast of Still Stationery - Bernard Brown, Lisa Bowerman and Joanna Wyatt. Photo by Rob Bell.

The Play:

Still Stationery won a Silver Medal for Best Writing and a Silver Medal for Best Sound at the International Radio Festival of New York in 1996, and it was shortlisted at 1996 Prix Italia. It was the first ever production in surround sound to be submitted to Prix Italia in the radio fiction category. Andy Smith originally wrote Still Stationery as a short story which was published.

The Playwright:

Andy Smith is an experienced radio playwright. While in his teens, he saw his first play produced in the BBC's first young radio playwrights' festival, and he was one of the ten winners of the first Woolwich Young Radio Playwrights' Competition in 1990 with the play Used to Be. He also wrote Damn Fine Road which was produced as part of the regional Woolwich competition for south-east England in 1993. Damn Fine Road won a Bronze medal for Best Drama Special at the International Radio Festival of New York in 1995.

Andy graduated from Oxford and then received a Distinction for his MA in Radio at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, where he wrote, directed and sound designed his own play, Sliced Meat, which was then broadcast on LBC. He has worked at the German service of the BBC World Service and he is now training to be a professional actor.

You can read what the newspapers said about our first Play of the Month, The Sons of Catholic Gentlemen by Francis Beckett.

You can read about Francis Beckett and his play.

We also have a page about Nerys Hughes.

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