OLWEN WYMARK was an American-born writer. She has written for the stage, television, radio and film.
Her theatre productions include FIND ME and BEST FRIENDS at the Orange Tree Theatre. LOVED at the Bush Theatre, PLEASE SHINE DOWN ON ME at the Royal Court, SPEAK NOW at Leicester Haymarket. THE TECHNICIANS at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, BURIED TREASURE at the Tricycle Theatre, ONE WOMAN PLAYS (an adaptation of plays by Dario Fo) at The Royal National Theatre and LESSONS AND LOVERS at the Theatre Royal, York. Her comedy STRIKE UP THE BANNS was staged at Theatr Clwyd, Mold.
Olwen adapted Zola's NANA for Shared Experience which ran at the Almeida Theatre and subsequently transferred to the Mermaid Theatre, and BREZHNEV'S CHILDREN - an adaptation of THE WOMEN'S DECAMERON by Julia Voznenskaya presented at the ICA. Her play, THE QUEEN OF SPADES (from Alexander Pushkin) was produced at Perth Theatre in October 1994.
She has written many original radio plays, including the Giles Cooper Award-winning THE CHILD. Recent dramatisations are RAFFLES and (for Radio 5) THE TRIAL OF ANNA COTMAN, Bernice Rubens' novel SPRING SONATA (joint winner Writers' Guild Dramatisation Award 1994). She wrote OUT OF THE WOODS for BBC Radio and has dramatised 4 W.W. Jacobs stories broadcast on the BBC World Service. Her latest original radio thriller series in 4 parts was recently broadcast by the BBC. She has also been commissioned to write a play for independent radio. She received an award for her recent dramatisation of CANCER WARD and has just dramatised a number of Chekhov short stories broadcast on Woman’s Hour
Her television work includes original single plays and she has contributed episodes to a number of series and serials. She has adapted Edith Wharton's THE REEF for BBC TV, and has contributed recently to the Granada series IN SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES. She has also been commissioned by the BBC to write BRITISH SLAVES.
Her film work includes ALL MEN ARE MORTAL (Gold Award Winner for the Best Feature Film, 1996 Houston, Texas International Festival) with Stephen Rea and Irene Jacob, produced by Rudolph Weichman