Ollie is an award-winning writer for stage, screen and radio. He is the winner of the British Comedy Guide Sitcom Competition 2022 and Soho House Hot Seat. While he has previously been nominated for the David Nobbs Memorial Comedy award, the BAFTA Rocliffe TV Comedy prize and the Liverpool Hope Playwriting prize.
He is currently under commission for three new television comedy/ dramas with The Story Collective, Esmerelda Productions and Brock Media. While also under commission by both Hampstead Theatre and Tuckshop UK for original plays.
Recently, his original play Nightmare(ish) was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. The play was critics’ choice in The Times, The Sunday Times and The Radio Times.
The play can be heard here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m001m4w2
The script - which was added to the BBC Writersroom library: https://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts/radio-drama/nightmareish
Ollie has also shadowed in the Industry (BBC & HBO) series three writers’ room.
He has written, directed and edited a host of award-winning comedy sketches. These sketches have appeared across BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Essex. The sketches have recently been added to the British Comedy Guide.
His theatre credits include Troy Story (Edinburgh Fringe, Underbelly), Those We Exile (Almedia Theatre), Coconuts (Lyric Hammersmith), The Strictly Curse (Southwark playhouse) and Warm and Chewy (Old Red Lion Theatre).
He has also signed with Lauren Gardener and Callen Martin at Bell Lomax Moreton for my first middle grade novel.
Warm And Chewy
Warm and Chewy was a piece produced by Blackshaw Productions at the Old Red Lion. It was a piece written about a small community and the crisis they faced when all the rain stopped in their small town.
The piece starred Dene Horgan. This, and other such short plays, are being developed as an audio series with producer Ben Weaver-Hincks.
The Strictly Curse
The Strictly Curse was a short piece produced by Some People Production at the Southwark Playhouse. It was centred around the scandal of contestants kissing on Strictly Come Dancing.
Dene Horgan (again also directing) starred as a publicists from the BBC defending their position to do nothing in regards to further action, claiming the BBC had no opinion on adultery.
Those We Exile
Those We Exile was the piece I wrote for the Almeida Labyrinth Greek Festival. All writers on the course were encouraged to write a short piece that would fit within the Almeida’s Greek Season.
My short comedy, Those We Exile, was about a Master and a Servant banished into the desert. As they move through the desert they continually switch roles until, trying to outwit the other, they both lose all status and sit as two equals.
YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and moments later goes on to drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history.
His publicists Gracelyn, Ruchi and Danica have quite a morning ahead of them. They’ll need to apologise on his behalf all whilst fielding calls, defusing social media, stamping out print, handling the talent, licking SOLT’s wounds and if Arthur could stop posting on Instagram for a second that would be great.
Hold For Three Seconds
Hold for Three Seconds ran at the View on North Bridge for a two week run. It starred Reece Connolly, Becky Rourke, Aidan Peppin and Dene Horgan (who also directed the piece.)
It was the first piece of writing that I’d ever admit to writing in public. It was transformative for me in that it gave me the hunger and the passion to keep going.