Tim Wells studied Drama and English (BA, HDE) at the University of Natal, Durban, and began his theatre career with the (then) NAPAC Loft Theatre Company in 1991. He has freelanced since 1993 taking leading roles in many productions, both dramatic and musical. Some highlights in Tim's career include performing as lead vocalist alongside Joseph Clark in "Suite Sting", "The Piano Men" and "Concert Fever". Drama productions include Maurice Podbrey's production of Michael Frayn's "Copenhagen", Anthony Akerman's "Old Boys", John van de Ruit's "War Cry" and "Crooked", Kickstart's "Popcorn", and "Oleanna" (for which Tim was awarded Best Actor in 2008).
His most recent theatre appearances were in the role of Michael in Kickstart's "The God of Carnage" (for which he won Best Actor and Best Comedy Performance at the Mercury Durban Theatre Awards), and "Don't Dress for Dinner" for which Tim won Best Male Comedic Performance at the Mercury D.T.A. In 2013, Tim played "Finlay" in Robert Fridjhon's "Twitch", produced by Kickstart. He also played the role of Prof. Marcus in Kickstart's "The Ladykillers". He played a supporting role in the short film "A Shot at the Big Time", written and produced by Janet van Eeden, which was shown at The Cannes Film Festival in 2014. He played another supporting role in a short film by Donavan Fletcher (working title: "Backstory"), which is in edit.
Tim has three albums of his own rock-pop material under his belt, and ten songs from the three albums have been played on radio around the country, since the first album's release in 1999 (Fallen Through the Cracks, produced by Nux Schwartz). Tim has written music material for TV and radio commercials and for Joseph Clark's debut album "In Stream".
The Tim Wells Band performed in major venues and festivals in the late nineties and 2000, but resurfaced and metamorphosed into the Tim Wells Blues Band, which has performed at three Durban International Blues Festivals, the FIFA 2012 Soccer World Cup fan parks, The Durban World Music Festival, Spog Weni Festival, UKZN Centre for Jazz, as well as other venues and private functions. The Tim Wells Blues Band launched their debut CD in January 2012 to a packed theatre audience, and the album is receiving very positive responses.
Tim is now based in Bath, Somerset, UK and supplies commercial voice over work for all applications of recorded voice, including broadcast work in the UK and USA, as well as within South Africa.
The Tim Wells Blues Band
The TWBB launched their debut CD "Everything You Want" at a packed Sneddon Theatre in Durban in 2012. This widely acclaimed album was produced by Nux Schwartz and recorded at Andiamo Recording Studio, and features many respected guest artists. They presented a range of material from Robert Johnson and BB King, to Van Morrison, as well as original blues material written by Tim Wells. The album is available by internet download or by post on request.
The band comprises Tim on vocals, Nux Schwartz on guitar, Peter Enslin on keys, Jason Andrew on bass, and Steve du Plessis on drums. The band often collaborates with bassist, Smelly Fellows, and guitarist/producer, Colin Peddie. The Tim Wells Blues Band has performed at Durban International Blues Festivals, at the FIFA World Cup 2012 fan parks, the Durban World Music Festival, the Cansa Night of 100 Stars and other smaller venue gigs and private functions. Tim has relocated to the UK but the band members still regularly collaborate on projects remotely, and intend to maintain creative connection in the future.