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My Tribute to my good friend Othniel Smith - Michael Kelligan     

My Tribute to my good friend Othniel Smith - Michael Kelligan I am deeply saddened by the death of Othneil Smith. He was a great friend and colleague. We first met a good while ago as theatre reviewers, we soon became good friends. We clearly shared a view of what made ‘good theatre’. I was so pleased to be able to present a reading of his play ‘Burned’ in 2005, one of the first plays in my On The Edge project, at the Chapter Arts Centre, script-held performances of new play writing. The cast was Lynn Hunter, Karin Diamond, Brian Hibbard and Jeremi Cockram.
He also asked me to be in a short film he made as part of his PhD, ‘The Beauty’, it called for me to sit and chat on the floor beside the urinal in a Chapter toilet! But it is that great warmth of personality that I will miss the most. It is hard to believe that he will not be sitting beside me next time I go to review a play. He was a quiet man with a lot of fun going on inside. Someone I am so pleased to have known. I can’t believe he has gone. Othneil, rest in peace.
Michael kelligan  
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Michael Kelligan
Tuesday, April 21, 2020back



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