Heather Tyrrell – Writer – Curriculum Vitae

  • Scriptwriting and Script Editing

Sep 09 to present            Writer, “Heels Of Glory”

Drag action musical co-written with composer Richard Link, and supported by the Arts Council of England Grants for the Arts. Staged as a work-in-progress at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in January 2013. Scratch performance in July 2013 at The Albany Theatre, Deptford, directed by Russell Lucas. Storyline workshops in January 2014 hosted by Shoreditch Town Hall. Development workshop and two public performances in January 2015 hosted by Chelsea Theatre and directed by Stephen Heatley. Three week run at Chelsea Theatre in June 2015 as part of Pride in London Festival.

Dec 15         Writer, “King Tut’s Ball”

Musical comedy cabaret farce starring Tricity Vogue, Josephine Shaker, Champagne Charlie and Michael Roulston, originally created for and performed at Burgh Island Hotel, Devon in December 2015. Revived for Scallywag Café, Royal Tunbridge Wells, in February 2017.

Sep 15           Writer, “The Fah Fah Fabergé Affair, or What The Butler Saw In The Eggnog”

Musical comedy cabaret farce starring Tricity Vogue, Sarah-Louise Young, Champagne Charlie and Michael Roulston, originally created for and performed at Burgh Island Hotel, Devon in September 2015. Revived for Scallywag Café, Royal Tunbridge Wells, in September 2016.

Sep 14            Writer, “Blue Murder”

Musical murder mystery cabaret farce starring Tricity Vogue, Dusty Limits, Audacity Chutzpah, Champagne Charlie and Michael Roulston, originally created for and performed at Burgh Island Hotel, Devon in September 2014. Revived for Scallywag Café, Royal Tunbridge Wells, in November 2016.

Mar 12 to present            Writer, “Ukulele! The Musical”

Co-writer for ukulele-themed musical, currently in development. Producer Dan Woods

Mar 12 to May 12            Cartoon Character Concept Writer

Character biographies and storylines for Vencer Foods Ltd.

Oct 11 to Dec 11            Script Writer, “Choices”

Scriptwriter for web-based game, created by Team Cooper http://teamcooper.co.uk/ for Sheffleld-based children’s runaway charity Safe@Last http://www.safeatlast.org.uk/

Apr 11                        MA Course Tutor: “Writing Television Treatments”

1 day workshop on developing and writing a treatment for a television series proposal, for MA students at the Met Film School

Jan 10 to June 11            Writer/Producer, “Nemesis of Doom”

Original online comedy, set in fictional role-playing game “Nemesis of Doom”, produced in collaboration with Six To Start. Commissioned by BBC Online. Commissioner Martin Trickey. Co-producer Adrian Hon. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/comedy/2011/05/gamer-sketches.shtml

Jun 10 to July 10            Script Editor, “Wish You Waziristan”

Script Editor for BAFTA-award-winning agency Bold Creative, to develop a fictional short film script based on documentary research for an animated film.

Apr 09 to May 09            Script Editor, Sane & Diddly

Script Editor for Sane & Diddly, working with John Jencks to develop a feature film idea from initial concept to first draft.

Feb 09 to present             Writer, “Dive”

Original television comedy drama series set in the cabaret demi-monde, co-written with Mark McInnes, AKA Dusty Limits, currently in development.

Apr 08 to Sep 09             Writer, “Smokescreen”

Online interactive internet-based alternate reality game produced by Six To Start and commissioned by Channel 4 Education.  Winner of the 2010 SXSW Award for Best Game. Winner of the 2010 Learning on Screen Multimedia Award.  Co-writer: Helen Farrall, Producer: Adrian Hon, Commissioner: Alice Taylor. http://www.sixtostart.com/smokescreen/

Jan 08 to Jan 10            Writer, “Modelling for Beginners”

Writer for half hour comedy drama series developed with Nice One, a Channel X and Moi J’Aime La Television co-venture (2008). Execs: Alan Marke, Phil Ox.

Nov 08 to Sep 10            Script Mentor, North London Film Fund

One-to-one editorial meetings with successful 08  short film fund applicants.

Oct 08                        Selection panelist, North London Film Fund

Short film fund for new and emerging filmmakers in Haringay, Camden, Islington and Enfield.

Sep 08 & 09              Course tutor: “Scriptwriting for Beginners”

3 x 1 day courses on scriptwriting for short film for the North London Film Fund

Apr 08 to Nov 08             Writer, “Space R Us”

Original sitcom series optioned by Avalon (2008). Development Producer: Anna Madley, Exec: Jon Thoday

Jul 07 to present            Writer, “Movieplex”

Live art installation, film and performance piece with Nutkhut Theatre Company for National Theatre “Watch This Space” and Liverpool 08. Artistic Director: Ajay Chhabra, Producer: Bill Gee

Sep 07 to Nov 07            Table Writer, “My Family”

Member of writing team for Series 8 of the BBC sitcom produced by DLT Entertainment. Executive Producer: Tom Anderson. BBC Executive Producer: Michael Jacob (2007)

Jan 07 to Mar 07            Writer, “Avatar”

Original half hour romantic comedy drama.  Optioned  and commissioned by Channel K, Manchester. Producer: Sally Martin. Exec: Matt Tiller

Sep 06 to Dec 06            Story Editor, “Signs of Life”

Online Interactive Drama for BBC and Victoria Real, an Endemol Company.

Project Director: Garry Samett, BBC Drama Editor: Anne Mensah

Mar 06 to Sep 06            Development Producer/Script Editor

for Initial, an Endemol Company

Mar 06                        Writer, Episode 17 of Bel’s Boys for CITV and Initial

26 x 15 minute children’s comedy drama.  Producer: Rachel Davies, Exec: Christopher Pilkington

Jul 03 to Mar 06            “Totally Frank”

Channel 4 comedy drama produced for T4 by Initial, an Endemol Company.

2 series of 13 x 30 minute episodes.  Producer: Sophie Gardiner, Exec: Christopher Pilkington, C4 Editors: Hannah Weaver/Camilla Campbell

Oct 04 to Mar 06       Script Producer, Totally Frank Series 1 and 2

Responsible for appointing and leading writing team (writers, script editor), and producing scripts.

Sep 05                       Writer, Episode 20 of Totally Frank for Channel 4

Jul 05                         Writer, 5 x Totally Frank ‘Mobisodes’

13 x 1 minute original episodes for mobile phones. Producer: Jonathan Davenport, Victoria Real

Jul 03 to Oct 04            Development Script Editor for Initial

Developed a slate of dramas, comedies, series and event dramas, including Totally Frank (Channel 4) and Bel’s Boys (CITV) from origin to commission. Exec: Christopher Pilkington

May 04                       BBC Comedy/New Writing ‘Two Timing’ competition

Top ten finalist, with half hour comedy drama pilot “Nights in Space”. Mentor: Steven McCrum

Feb 04                       Co-writer, “Perfect” pilot script

Co-wrote pilot script for half hour children’s comedy drama series in development for Initial/Nickelodeon.  Co-writer: Mickey Hutton, Producer: Rosie Bunting, Exec Producer: Christopher Pilkington.

Sep 02 to July 03            Script Editor, Holby City Series 5 and 6

BBC1 Hospital Drama, 52 x 57 minute episodes.  Series Producer: Richard Stokes.  Exec Producer: Kathleen Hutchison.

Nov 00 to Sep 02            Byker Grove Series 13 and 14

Zenith North/CBBC Newcastle-based drama for 8-12 year olds. 40 x 30 minute episodes.  Producer: Morag Bain/Edward Pugh.  Exec: Peter Murphy/Julian Scott.

Nov 00 to Sep 01            Script Editor

Responsible for storylining the series, appointing and editing the writing team.

Sep 01 to Sep 02            Story Editor

Responsible for co-storylining the series, appointing and editing the writing team.

Jan to Sep 02       Co-writer, “After Angel Heights”

Co-developed and co-wrote half-hour teen comedy drama series, “After Angel Heights” with Brian B Thompson. Optioned by Zenith Entertainment.  Exec Producer: Julian Scott.

Oct 98 to Nov 00            Ragdoll Productions

May 00 to Oct 00            Writer, Brum Series 3

Co-wrote 10 episodes of the 10 minute children’s comedy drama for 5-7 year olds. Exec Producer: Anne Wood.

Mar 99 to Sep 99             Researcher, “Teletubbies”

Researched and production managed short documentary drama ‘inserts’.  Exec Producer Anne Wood.  Co-exec: Sue James.  Producer Annie Gibbs.

Nov 98 to Oct 00       Script Reader, LFVDA

Script reader for the London Film and Video Development Agency. Director Gill Henderson.

Oct 98 to May 00            Development Researcher, “Tronji”

Programme format development for children’s lifestyle, drama and new media projects including early development of Tronji, broadcast by CBBC in 2009.

Audience research with 5 – 9 year olds.  Exec Producer: Anne Wood.  Producer: Christopher Wood.

  • Journalism and Copywriting

Heather has 15 years experience as a journalist and copywriter, with credits including Sight & Sound Magazine, Yahoo!, Film Club, Atari, and The Big Issue,

Full Journalism and Copywriting CV available on request.

  • Theatre and Live Arts

Heather has written extensively for live arts, cabaret and theatre projects, including Movieplex for Liverpool 08 National Theatre Watch This Space, and her own hit Edinburgh Fringe shows, The Blue Lady Sings, The Blue Lady Sings Back, Tricity Vogue’s Ukulele Cabaret, and Calamitous Liaisons.

Full Theatre and Live Arts CV available on request.
  • Courses and Training

Sep 04             “Adaptation for Film and Television”, Arista

Mar 03             “Advanced Script Editing”, BBC Training and Development.

Jun 02             “Writing and Developing Romantic Comedies in the 21st Century”, Arista.

Dec 01             “Designing and Writing Treatments that Work”, Arista.

May 00             “Creating Commercial Scripts” Masterclass, The Screenwriters’ Centre.

Mar 00             Production Risk Assessment Level 3.

Nov 99             “Production in Multiple Media”, Pact training course, VET, London.

1994 – 1995            M Litt (Strathclyde) International Media and Cultural Studies, John Logie Baird Centre, Glasgow (Distinction)

1989 – 1992            MA (CANTAB) English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge University (Class 2:1)

  • Languages

Fluent French, German and basic Sinhalese (Sri Lanka)

Referees available on request.

Heather also lives a (not very) secret double life as international cabaret performer Tricity Vogue: www.tricityvogue.com


About Heather Tyrrell

I'm a scriptwriter, copywriter and journalist, with 14 years experience writing and editing for television, print media, games, and the web. I specialise in innovative writing for new projects across different media, and thrive on collaboration. I've got a South By South West Best Game Award under my belt for Channel 4 & Six To Start's Smokescreen, and I'm also proud of my work on TV shows as diverse as Byker Grove and My Family - particularly the show I developed from scratch for Channel 4, Totally Frank. I also lead a (not very) secret double life as ukulele toting cabaret songstress Tricity Vogue.
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