Tim Massey - Bristol, UK-based playwright


Tim Massey was born in Bristol, England in 1966 and wrote his first play aged 11.

He studied for his first degree in Communication Studies at the University of Glamorgan before completing an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Cardiff University.

Sophie Clarke and Ellie Zeegen in Touchy Feely (2000) Touchy Feely (2000)

In 2000, Tim won Southwest Scriptwriters’ first annual competition with his stage play, Touchy Feely, which was given its debut production as part of the group’s New Writing Festival in the New Vic Studio at the Bristol Old Vic in May 2000.

Tim’s earlier stage play, Have-a-Go Hero – developed with Southwest Scriptwriters during 1996 – was first produced by cpa@uwe (Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of the West of England) at the Alma Tavern pub theatre in Clifton, Bristol, during July 2000.  The production transferred to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, running for a week at Old St Paul’s church hall in August 2000.

Noni Lewis and Dan Winter in Have-a-Go Hero (2001) Have-a-Go Hero (2001)

Bacon Sandwich, written in the autumn of 2000, was presented, also by cpa@uwe, to sell-out audiences at the Alma Tavern from 14 to 19 May 2001. The company reprised Have-a-Go Hero and premiered Tim's new play Christmas with Johnny and Dee in a double-bill called Acid Drops at the QEH Theatre, Bristol on 26 and 27 October 2001.

Kim Ross and Angie Alderman in Bacon Sandwich (2003) Bacon Sandwich (2003)

Early in 2003, Bacon Sandwich was chosen as one of six scripts from more than 400 submissions for development on the Training And Performance Showcase (TAPS) Full-Length Script Development Course. The developed script won Tim the TAPS Tenth Anniversary Drama Writer of the Year Award, which he received at a ceremony at BAFTA in London in March 2004. Tim was chosen subsequently to participate in the pilot TAPS writers’ placement with Thames Drama, shadowing a writer on the Channel 5 soap Family Affairs during October 2004.

Ellie Zeegen in Speeding (2004) Speeding (2004)

In August 2004, Tim worked with director Stephen Brown on Speeding, a 90-second film set at a speed dating event. The film featured in the Talent Circle Super Shorts Film Festival 2005 with screenings around the UK. Tim collaborated with Stephen again during August 2006 as co-producer on Southwest Scriptwriters' Southwest Shorts film project.

Autumn 2006 saw Tim's new play, Salt'n'Sauce, premiered as part of Theatre West's ten-week 'Inside Out' season. The production ran at the Alma Tavern from 31 October until 11 November.

Tim has been artistic director of Southwest Scriptwriters – Bristol, UK’s leading group for writers of stage, screen, radio and television drama – since 1996 and leads regular scriptwriting workshop sessions with the group. He has also worked as a health service press officer, photographic salesperson and science museum guide.