Tom Phillips

Tom is a writer living in Bristol whose work ranges from large-scale community drama (e.g. ‘Concorde Stories’ for BBC Radio Bristol at the Victoria Rooms, 2003) and historical docu-drama (e.g. ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ for Ship & Castle Theatre Company, 2009) to new writing for script-in-hand performances at the Tobacco Factory (‘Hotel Illyria’, 2008) and Ustinov (’48 hour plays’, ‘The Push’).

So far, then…

1999: Closing Ranks, Brigstowe Theatre Company, Hexagon Theatre, Kingswood, Bristol. A Second World War docu-drama at great length.

2001: Closer To You, BBC Radio Bristol/St George’s Bristol. A docu-drama about the history of local radio in Bristol.

2002: Jubilation, BBC Radio Bristol/Colston Hall. Fifty years of Bristol history, from the coronation to the millennium via motorbikes and Banarama (with songs).

2003: Concorde Stories, BBC Radio Bristol/Victoria Rooms. The story of the supersonic airliner as a musical to coincide with its last flight into Filton.

2006: Gridlock, BBC Radio Bristol. A ten-part soap opera set in a traffic jam in the city centre. Arts Council-funded, recorded and tentatively scheduled but still in a cupboard owing to BBC political rubbish (and now, thanks to that remark, almost certainly destined to remain so – sorry to everyone involved).

2007: Falklands Letters, Festival of Remembrance, Colston Hall, Bristol. Short docu-drama about that war.

2008: Hotel Illyria, Script Space reading at the Tobacco Factory. Half of a full-length play about Europe.

2008: Territorial Diaries, Festival of Remembrance, Colston Hall, Bristol.

2008: Beware of the Flowers, 48-Hour plays, Ustinov Theatre, Bath. Twenty-minute play about angling and roadside shrines.

2009: Rose’s Last Laugh, Trading Local, Show of Strength, Bedminster. Short monologue set in Bedminster Hippodrome.

2009: Arbeit Macht Frei, Ship & Castle Theatre Company, Henleaze, Bristol. Docu-drama based on verbatim accounts of the Nazis’ Wannee Conference about the Final Solution.

2009: Boats and flying, Festival of Remembrance, Colston Hall, Bristol.

2010: Man Diving, The Push, Ustinov Theatre, Bath. Twenty-minute play about the Mostar Diving Club.

2010: The Few, Ship & Castle Theatre Company, Henleaze, Bristol. Wartime epic about the Battle of Britain.

2011: Man Diving, Ustinov Theatre, Bath. Rehearsed reading of full-length version of play about the siege of Mostar.

2011: Three Musketeers, Ship & Castle Theatre Company, Henleaze, Bristol. Large-cast adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas novel.

2012: I Went to Albania, Bristol Ferment, Basement, Bristol Old Vic. Autobiographical solo piece. 

2012: 100 Mlles North of Timbuktu, Theatre West, Alma Tavern. Ten-minute comedy about computers and things.

2012: Rose’s Last Laugh, Trading Local, Show of Strength, Bedminster. Revival of monologue about Bedminster Hippodrome.

2012: Prella’s Gift, Recycled Stockings 2, Show of Strength, Southville Centre. Monologue for SoS’s Christmas show.

2013: Words Not Deeds, Ship & Castle Theatre Company, Henleaze. Large-cast historical drama about women’s suffrage.

2013: 100 Miles North of Timbuktu, Theatre West, Alma Tavern. Hour-long version of the ‘short’ from 2012.

2014: Coastal Defences, Theatre West, Brewery Theatre. ‘Panoramic yet intimate’ play set during Bulgarian pro-democracy protests in 2013.

2015: Every Night Something Awful, Ship & Castle Theatre Company, Henleaze. Comedy drama about an ENSA concert party during WW2.