Tim Fountain

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Tim Fountain
Born Tim Fountain
(1967-12-23) 23 December 1967 (age 50)
Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England
Occupation Playwright, Writer
Website www.timfountain.co.uk

Tim Fountain (born 23 December 1967 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) is a British writer.


An only child, Tim Fountain was brought up in a pub in the village of West Ardsley, West Yorkshire. He was educated at Batley Grammar School, Wheelwright sixth form college and Hull University.


Tim Fountain's first international success was Resident Alien. Based on the life and writings of Quentin Crisp, starring Bette Bourne and directed by Mike Bradwell, the show opened at the Bush Theatre, London, before transferring to New York Theatre Workshop where it played a sell-out season and won two OBIE Awards (performance and design). The show subsequently won a Herald Angel award for Bette Bourne at the Edinburgh Festival and toured across America, Australia and the UK. It has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Fountain hit the headlines when his one-man show, Sex Addict opened at the Edinburgh Festival before transferring to the Royal Court Theatre in London, and later the Schaubühne in Berlin. It became a media sensation. During the show, he solicited sexual partners on-line and the audience got to choose who he had sex with. The Daily Mail devoted an entire page to the show under the headline "Curtain Up on Depravity".

Fountain's other plays include Tchaikovsky in the Park which played a season at the Bridewell Theatre in London. Last Bus From Bradford (winner of the Pink Paper Play Award) which was staged at the Drill Hall in London. Julie Burchill Is Away, about the controversial newspaper columnist Julie Burchill, starring Jackie Clune, Deep Rimming in Poplar starring Bette Bourne, and the stage adaptation of Toby Young's book, How To Lose Friends and Alienate People starring Jack Davenport all of which played seasons at Soho Theatre in London's West End. Fountain adapted the Oscar-winning movie Midnight Cowboy for the stage starring Con O Neil and Charles Aitken. for the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. His play about Rock Hudson and his agent Henry Willson, Rock, opened In Liverpool before transferring to the Oval House Theatre in London starring Bette Bourne as Hudson's agent Henry Willson and Michael Xavier as Hudson. This play went on to win 'Best online drama' at the BBC audio Drama Awards 2012. His adaptation of "Dandy in the Underworld" by Sebastian Horsley starring Milo Twomey played a season at Soho Theatre. His comedy about Sex Tourism in Egypt, Queen of the Nile, opened at Hull truck Theatre in 2013 directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Dudley Sutton

He directed the West End Production of Puppetry of the Penis. The show was originally scheduled to run for a month at the Whitehall Theatre but ran for a year before going on to play Broadway, touring the UK for six years and playing many countries around the world. During this time he began an affair with the then-lesbian comedian Jackie Clune. In the same year he was also a principal writer on the animated television sitcom version of Oscar-winning Bob and Margaret which was broadcast on Channel Four in the UK and Comedy Central in the USA.

His books include Quentin Crisp: a biography, published by Absolute Press. So You Want to Be a Playwright?, published by Nick Hern. Rude Britannia, his book about the sex lives of the British is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. He has written for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, New Statesman and Attitude. Fountain has appeared on Newsnight, Woman's Hour, Saturday Review and Loose Ends on BBC Radio Four and Weekender on BBC Radio 2. He presented a documentary about the death of Quentin Crisp for Channel Four.

He is an established teacher of playwriting and has tutored for many organisations including the Central School of Speech and Drama, The Arvon Foundation MIT and Dartmouth College in the USA. He was Lecturer in Creative Writing at Strathclyde University and Literary Manager of the Bush Theatre in London.


  • Harold's Day - 1989
  • Morning has Broken - 1990
  • Tchaikovsky in the park - 1993
  • Last bus from Bradford -1995
  • A northern wanker in London - 1996
  • Resident Alien - 1999
  • Quentin Crisp, a biography - 2002
  • Julie Burchill Is Away - 2002
  • How To Lose Friends and Alienate People - 2003
  • Deep Rimmin in Poplar - 2004
  • Sex Addict - 2004
  • Cinderella -2005
  • Midnight Cowboy - 2006
  • So You Want To Be A Playwright - 2007
  • Rock - 2008
  • Dandy In The Underworld - 2010
  • Rude Britannia - 2012
  • Queen of the Nile -2013
  • Julie Burchill - Absolute Cult - 2014
  • Beyond the Fringe - 2015
  • Television Street - 2015
  • Supping With The Devil - 2017

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