Oliver Emanuel was born in Kent, attended St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School in Tunbridge Wells, studied English and Theatre Studies at University of Leeds (1998–2001) before going on to take the Masters in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (2001–2). He was Writer-on-Attachment at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2006 and Writer-in-Residence for BBC Radio 4 Children in Need in 2010. He has lived in Glasgow since 2006.
In addition to his radio and stage plays below, Oliver Emanuel has written two plays for Polmont Young Offenders Institute, Ship of Shadows (October 2009) and John (7 May 2010), and scripted the short film This Way Up.
|Radio Plays written by Oliver Emanuel|
|Date first broadcast||Play||Director||Cast||Synopsis
|11 April 2007||Joseph and Joseph||Colin Guthrie||Shaun Dooley, Helen Longworth, Christine Kavanagh, Sam Dale, John Dougall, Philippe Smolikowski, Mark Straker and Rachel Bavidge||Identity theft is something that happens to other people, but the person who stole Joseph's life seems to be having a lot more fun with it than he is.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|9 October 2009||Daniel and Mary||Kirsty Williams||Robin Laing and Natasha Watson||A frank and moving drama exploring alcoholism from a child's point of view.
Mary's nine years old. When she comes down to breakfast to find her dad's still up from the night before and still drinking vodka, she decides it's time to leave home.
|BBC Radio Scotland Drama|
|23 February 2010||Elvis In Prestwick||Eilidh McCreadie||Read by Laura Fraser||Elvis Presley's only trip to Britain, a brief stopover on 3 March 1960 at a small Scottish airport on his return from military service in Germany.
A shy young girl who doesn't even like rock 'n' roll is dragged along to the airport by her best friend, who is determined to catch a glimpse of the American superstar. Taking refuge from the crowds, the girl encounters a handsome stranger in the staff corridor – some weeks later, a letter arrives from America.
|BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading|
|30 October 2010||The Vanishing
dramatisation of Tim Krabbé novel
|Kirsty Williams||Samuel West, Melody Grove, Ruth Gemmell, Liam Brennan, Natasha Watson, Claire Knight and Robin Laing||Rex and Saskia stop at a petrol station. Saskia goes in to buy drinks and is never seen again. Eight years later, Rex is so haunted by her disappearance that he sets out to discover what happened to her, regardless of the cost.
A chilling love story that takes us to the heart of the perfect crime.
|BBC Radio 4 Saturday Play|
|17 November 2010||Everything||Lu Kemp||Natasha Watson, Sandy Grierson and Meg Fraser||Everything tells the story of a fourteen-year-old girl who spends 7 days in a refuge for runaways. Under Scottish law, any young person under the age of sixteen is allowed to stay in a refuge for up to seven days without parental notification.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|12 February 2011||One Night In Iran||Lu Kemp||Khalid Abdalla and Maryam Hamidi||A man and a woman meet in a hotel room. They have been in love for five years but have never yet spent a night together. Tonight they meet alone for the first time. But this is Iran, and what the couple are doing is illegal. If they are caught, or even suspected, the consequences might be too terrible to contemplate.||BBC Radio 3 The Wire|
|28 September 2011||One Hundred and Forty Characters: Songbirds||Kirsteen Cameron||Read by Robin Laing||A young man, devastated by a messy relationship break-up, finds solace in bird watching.||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading|
|30 November 2011||Ancient Greek||Lu Kemp||Alex Austin, Vincent Ebrahim, Sophie Stanton, Caitlin Fitzgerald and Austin Moulton||A promising student on the road to Oxbridge. A teacher on the eve of retirement. Graffiti scrawled on a school wall in a dead language. A play about education, protest and what we can expect in the future...||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|Stage Plays written by Oliver Emanuel|
|August 2001 – 18 August 2001||Gemini||Victoria Glass and Claire Davies||Stage By Stage|
|3 August 2003 – 25 August 2003||Iz||Daniel Bye||Grae Cleugh, Nick Jesper and Andrew Patfield||We are introduced to the three former lovers of Iz, shortly after her death. The three men are also friends; and the play looks at the relationships between them, as well as their individual relationships with Iz, and their reactions to her death.||Silver Tongue Theatre / Pleasance Theatre|
|June 2004 –||Grae Cleugh, James Gitsham and Andrew Patfield||Silver Tongue Theatre / Tron Theatre, Glasgow|
|August 2006 – 28 August 2006||Shiver||Daniel Bye||Kay Bridgeman and Grae Cleugh||Silver Tongue Theatre / Pleasance Courtyard|
|28 May 2007 – 7 June 2007||Marcia Battise||Theatre 503|
|6 August 2005 – 28 August 2005||Bella and the Beautiful Knight||Daniel Bye||Grae Cleugh, Sally Kent, Nicholas Cowell||A love triangle. Two of the characters are siblings. Kiss me or kill me, sister.||Silver Tongue Theatre / Gilded Balloon Teviot|
|May 2006 –||Tron Theatre, Glasgow|
|19 May 2007 – 8 June 2007||Magpie Park||Sam Brown||Alison Pargeter and Liam McKenna[Issue 1]||A store detective nabs a kleptomaniac and falls for her. Their affair is carried on in a hotel room where she eventually commits suicide. He gradually falls for her younger sister.||West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds|
|August 2007 – 26 August 2007||Man Across the Way||Daniel Bye||Grae Cleugh, Nicholas Cowell, John Milroy and Harriette Quarrie||Silver Tongue Theatre and Theatre 503|
|April 2008 – 11 April 2008||The Severed Head of Comrade Bukhari||Daljinder Singh||Arches Theatre, Glasgow|
|16 April 2008 – 19 April 2008||Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
|June 2008 –||Flit||Alison Peebles||National Theatre of Scotland|
|13 October 2008 –||Videotape||Joe Douglas||Robbie Jack and Sam Young||A woman follows a man through a city, recording his every move on video, in a story about "love, loss, truth and lies, and the things we can't throw away".||Oran Mor, Glasgow|
|March 2011 –||One night in Iran||Nabil Stuart and Amiera Darwish||Set in a luxury hotel room in Tehran, the play explores the gap between the official culture of country – where adultery remains a crime and marriage a practical family arrangement – and the inner lives and longings of a younger generation whose ideas are shaped as much by global culture as by Iranian tradition.||Oran Mor, Glasgow|
|21 June 2011||Henry & Ingrid: Some Words For Home||A verbatim play based on the lives of Henry & Ingrid Wuga for the Scottish Refugee Council, as part of Scottish Refugee Week.||Tron Theatre, Glasgow|
- Sony Radio Academy Awards – Official site (not currently useful!)
Sony Radio Academy Awards – Diversity website (temporary substitute)
Sony Radio Academy Awards nominees, The Telegraph, 8 April 2010
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Joseph and Joseph
- BBC – BBC Radio Scotland – Daniel and Mary
- BBC – Afternoon Reading – Elvis In Prestwick
- BBC – Saturday Play – The Vanishing
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Children in Need: Everything
- BBC – The Wire – One Night In Iran
- BBC – Afternoon Reading – One Hundred and Forty Characters: Songbirds
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Ancient Greek
- Gemini – The Scotsman, 14 August 2001
- Iz, Edinburgh Festival, Pleasance Theatre – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 22 August 2003
- IZ, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Mark Tyson, Culture Wars
- Looking back, looking on – The Scotsman, 21 June 2004
- Shiver, Edinburgh Festival, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – Maddy Costa, The Guardian, 18 August 2006
- Bella and the Beautiful Knight – Thom Dibdin, The Stage, 24 August 2005
- Theatre: Bella and the Beautiful Knight, Tron, Glasgow 3/5 – Keith Bruce, Herald Scotland, 5 May 2006
- Theatre Preview, Magpie Park, Leeds – Lyn Gardner, The Guardian, 19 May 2007
- Magpie Park, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds – Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, 26 May 2007
- Magpie Park – Kevin Berry, The Stage, 24 May 2007
- BBC – Leeds – Entertainment – Parklife
- Man Across The Way – The Scotsman, 9 August 2007
- Man Across The Way – Gerald Berkowitz, The Stage, 17 August 2007
- Theatre: From war abroad to a war at home – The Scotsman, 10 April 2008
- Videotape, Oran Mor, Glasgow – Neil Cooper, Herald Scotland, 16 Oct 2008
- Theatre review: One night in Iran, Glasgow – The Scotsman, 22 March 2011
- Nude by Oliver Emanuel