Tom Machell

Tom was selected for BAFTA Connect 2022-2025 as a writer. He won The UK Film Festival, The Los Angeles Motion Picture Film Festival, and the Changing Face International Film Festival ‘Best Short Script’ category for his film A Spoonful.

His debut Radio 4 Series Tom and Lauren are Gannin OOT begins August 2024, starring Lauren Pattison, Julian Clarey, and himself.

Tom’s debut play Ticker was published by PlayDead Press and ran at The Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe before transferring to Alphabetti Theatre & Northern Stage to rave reviews.

Tom's first comedy short for Channel 4 in partnership with Northern Film + Media & North East Comedy Hot House entitled ‘Junior Doctors Padz’ was picked up by the satirical website NewsThump gaining thousands of views.

He is currently developing the television comedy show ‘Elliot’s Guide To Everything’ with the BFI, alongside several other TV and Film projects.  His latest play Toast F**k was longlisted for The Painkiller Comedy Playwrighting Prize.

Alongside his individual work, Tom is a member of the award-winning comedy troupe zazU, which has had four sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre respectively.

Praise for Ticker

★★★★★ A Younger Theatre - Machell’s creation does not miss a beat from one moment to the next; he has all the gifts of a fireside storyteller, tempered with the poise and control of a great tragedian.

★★★★ Three Weeks - Ticker is excellently presented with simple but effective staging, and offers a truly arresting exploration of grief, mental health and toxic masculinity, balanced by dark humour and punctuated by unexpected twists that keep you guessing.

★★★★★ UK Theatre Web - Tom Machell plays his joy, rage, and grief brilliantly, effortlessly switching from character to character.

★★★★  The Wee Review - Ticker is performed with an artistic precision that dances between rage, hilarity, and reflection, in what is a brilliantly powerful piece.
Exeunt Magazine - Ticker is a smartly written and charismatically performed look at grief, love, and toxic masculinity packed with sharp lines and black humour.

North East

Agent: Stephanie Moore
0203 214 0948

Assistant: Caia Buckeridge
0203 214 0880

Childrens writing, Comedy, Comedy (topical), Film, Online writing, Radio, Short story, Television, Theatre