Oli Forsyth



Oli writes for theatre and television and is the recipient of the 2024 Jerwood New Playwright award. His latest play BRACE BRACE will premiere at the Royal Court in 2024. In 2019 CASH COW was produced at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, quickly followed by a run in Edinburgh and at Vault Festival in London, of SUCH FILTHY F*CKS, a Smoke & Oakum/Pleasance co-production. In 2021, he was invited to join Mike Bartlett’s writing group at Hampstead Theatre and was commissioned by that theatre to write a play for the main stage, THE POX. Oli has participated in a writers’ room for Various Artists Ltd (VAL) and is currently developing original TV scripts.

Smoke & Oakum, Oli’s own theatre company, produced his plays:TINDERBOX (2014) which was nominated for an Amnesty International Award;CORNERMEN (2015) at The Old Red Lion and The Pleasance, then transferring to VAULT Festival and touring in co-production with Red Ladder Company/New Diorama Theatre (2018).  New Diorama Theatre/Smoke & Oakum co-produced HAPPY DAVE (2016) and KINGS (2017).