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Tom Powell


Tom is the 2019-21 CSRC Writer-in-Residence at Pentabus Theatre Company and was part of the 2019/20 BBC Studios Writers’ Academy.

He was selected for the BBC Words First spoken word programme, is an Arts Council England/BBC New Creative and his original audio drama Love Beyond the Zoo will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2021.

As a student Tom’s writing won the OTR National Radio Drama Award and the Footlights’ Harry Porter Prize.  He was part of the Soho Writers Alumni Group for five years and was shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Award.

He has had short work performed at The Bunker, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, Ovalhouse, The Arcola, Tristan Bates, Live Theatre Newcastle, The VAULTS, Peckham Pelican, The Pleasance (Edinburgh and London), ACT Wolverhampton, Greenwich Theatre, The Bookshop, The Proud Archivist, the White Bear, TheatreN16, Clapham Omnibus and Soho Theatre. He has written libretto for The Opera Story. 

As part of the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy, he has written a broadcast episode of Holby City.  He is developing an original TV idea with Clerkenwell Films.  

He is published by Methuen/Bloomsbury. 

Plays include:

Going Country 2021
Winner of the 2021 Papatango Award
UK Tour – ETT

Little Echoes 2019
Hope Theatre, London

★★★★ The Review Chap
‘a strongly conceived and executed exposition of mistrust, abuse and intimidation – theatrical sophistication and performances like this don’t come along every day.’

★★★★★ GetTheChance ‘Profound and compelling

★★★★ LondonPubTheatresFascinating and original’

★★★★ ActDrop ‘Relentlessly draws you in’


I Dare You 2018
Leicester Curve, Nottingham Playhouse

‘A web of a darkness and heartbreak told with unlikely humour and poetry.’ Jane Upton, playwright

‘Playful and unsettling and beautiful and moving.’ Barney Norris, novelist and playwright
Shortlisted for the Soho Young Writers’ Award.

White Light 2017
Arcola Theatre
Part of the Playwrought festival of staged readings

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