Lecturer in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting)
Tim teaches creative writing for stage screen and radio.
He has worked extensively as a writer, director and actor in film, television, theatre and radio on local, national and international stages. He co-founded Tinderbox Theatre Company in 1988, Northern Ireland’s leading independent company dedicated to developing and producing new writing, of which he was joint Artistic Director until 1996.
Tim was creator and lead writer of the BAFTA-nominated TEACHERS (Channel 4)with Andrew Lincoln(2000-2004), the format adapted by NBC (US) in 2006. OtherTV series’ include the four-part conspiracy thriller Proof (RTE 1) with Orla Brady and Finbar Lynch (2005), the three-part family drama Little Devil (ITV 1) with Robson Green (2007), and he penned the six-part updating of TV classic Minder (Channel 5) starring Shane Richie (2009).
Other screenwriting includes Out of the Deep Pan (BBC2) a comedy of love and pizza in post-ceasefire Belfast, Ballykissangel (BBC1) and Reversals a sex-swap comedy film with Sarah Parish and Marc Warren (ITV1), and the world’s longest-running medical drama, Casualty (BBC1).
Stage plays include the political satires Caught Red Handed (Tinderbox, Belfast) which won the Irish Times Best New Play Award and the Stewart Parker Award (2002) and To Be Sure (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) in 2007. He wrote and directed The Civilisation Game, a satire on suburban shenanigans in 2012 (Lyric Theatre).
For BBC radio, Tim wrote the inner-city thriller The Tunnel (Radio 3), the post-ceasefire comedy I can see clearly (Radio 4), the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Drama series Ruthless, and the nightmare comedy Fit to Burst (2014).
As well as his own plays, theatre directing includes Dario Fo’s Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! Darragh Carville’s first play Language Roulette and Gary Mitchell’s debut Independent Voice (Tinderbox) and the Irish Premiere of Dealer’s Choice by Patrick Marber (Prime Cut Productions).
He directed the short film Dance Lexie Dance which won numerous national and international awards and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1997.
Tim was awarded Doctor of Literature from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2012.
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