|Name Colm Tobin|
Plays The Testament of Mary
|Occupation Screenwriter, television producer|
Parents Michael Toibin, Brid Toibin
Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Books Brooklyn, Nora Webster, The Testament of Mary, The Master, The Blackwater Lightship
Similar People Nick Hornby, John Crowley, Henry James, Saoirse Ronan, Andrew O'Hagan
Colm Tobin is an Irish screenwriter and television producer known for his work on Irish Pictorial Weekly, Langerland.TV, Science Fiction, and Brain Freeze. He grew up in Ardfield and spent his youth as a musical performer. During college, he studied law. Although he never practiced as a lawyer, he gained an appreciation for politics from these studies, which would later influence his style of humor. Since 2006, Tobin has worked with Kite Entertainment, as one of the creators of the animated television series Langerland.TV and the stage production Anglo the Musical. The former is based on the satirical website Langerland.com and airs in ten-minute installments on RTÉ Two. A Daily Mail profile of RTÉ Two singled out Langlerland.TV as one of the channel's popular shows, although a review in The Herald called the series' animation and humor both "rudimentary". Langerland.TV is aimed at adult audiences. However, Tobin has also worked as a writer on two children's animated series: Science Fiction and Brain Freeze. He helped to create the latter, which Aardman Animations has distributed. Tobin has said that writing for children differs from writing for adults, in that with children, "you have to focus on actually entertaining the audience without resorting to controversy or shock." Tobin has contributed content to the Irish Times and is popular on Twitter, where he has made a point to emphasize that he is not Colm Tóibín, the famous Irish author. He currently resides in Dublin.