Al Smith

Writer

Add to shortlist

Photograph: Bafic

Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Rose Cobbe
Assistant: Florence Hyde

Film, TV & Theatre

Al read English Literature at Edinburgh University. He has been a Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theatre and participated in the Paines Plough/Channel 4 Future Perfect Scheme. He is a graduate of the BBC Writers Academy and has been a broadcast Hot Shot. In 2012 Al won the BFI Wellcome Trust Screenwriting Prize. In 2017 his radio series Life Lines won gold for Best Fictional Storytelling at the ARIAS, the Radio Academy Awards and he was nominated for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

 

In Development

ProductionCompanyNotes

LIFE LINES SERIES 4

2020

BBC Radio 4

New series of award winning radio drama

AID

2021

BBC Radio 4

Original 60” radio play. Produced by Sally Avens. Due for TX in 2021.

UNTITLED

Traverse Theatre

Commission

SLOAN COMMISSION

Manhattan Theatre Club

Commission

LIFE IN THE FREEZER

English Touring Theatre

Commission

Theatre

ProductionCompanyNotes
2020

The Royal Court

Commission

2019

Arcola Theatre, Produced by Audible

Dir. Josh Roche

2016

The Royal Court

Nominated for Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the 2017 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Gate Theatre

The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and The Gate Theatre, London

Harrogate

2015

HighTide Festival

"The most compelling is Harrogate by Al Smith, who has written copiously for Holby City and EastEnders but who here ventures into Pinteresque territory." 4 Stars, The Guardian

Sport

2013

Finborough Theatre

Rehearsed Reading, Dir. Bethan Dear

Harrogate

2013

HighTide

Rehearsed Reading,
Dir. Richard Twyman

The Bird

2008

Underbelly / Arcola

Dir. James Yeatman

Mayfly

2006

Old Vic New Voices 24 Hour Plays

Dir. Michael Longhurst

The Astronaut Wives Cub

2006

Soho Theatre

Dir. Richard Wilson

Radio

2006

Underbelly / 59E59 NYC

Dir. James Yeatman. Winner of the Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the NSDF.

Enola

2005

Underbelly / Arches

Dir. Al Smith, Winner of the
Sunday Times Playwriting Award at the NSDF

Radio

ProductionCompanyNotes
2019

BBC Radio 4

2019

BBC Radio 4

Bronze ARIA award 2020 for Best Fictional Storytelling

LIFE LINES - SERIES 2

2019

BBC Radio 4

Won Best Series at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2020
Won Silver at the Prix Europa 2019

CULTURE

2017

BBC Radio 4

Commission

LIFELINES

2016

BBC Radio 4

Gold for Best Fictional Storytelling at the 2017 Radio Academy Awards & Best Series at the 2017 BBC Audio Drama Awards

Everyman

2016

BBC Radio 3

co-write for Radio 3

DUCHAMPS URINAL

2015

BBC Radio 4

Co-writer Ben Street
Dir: Lu Kemp

Everyday Time Machines

2014

BBC Radio 3

90" single

Life In The Freezer

2013

BBC Radio 4

Dir. Sally Avens

The Postman Of Good Hope

2009

BBC Radio 4

Dir. Sally Avens

Radio

2007

BBC Radio 4

Dir. Lu Kemp

OK Computer

2007

BBC Radio 4

Co-writer. Dir. Lu Kemp

Television

ProductionCompanyNotes
2016

BBC

Episode 9 THE SINS OF THE FATHER

SHAKESPEARE LIVE

2015

BBC/RSC

Dir: Greg Doran

2015

BBC

Episode 2 HOW TO CATCH A LOBSTER

Africa

2013

BBC / Discovery / France2

TV feature

Africa

2013

BBC / Discovery

Script editor, 5 episodes

The Cut

2011

BBC

Exec producer & writer on 3 series (40 episodes)

EastEnders

2009

BBC

3 episodes

Holby City

2008

BBC

5 episodes

Doctors

2006

BBC

1 episode

Casualty

2006

BBC

1 episode