WHAT AM I INVOLVED IN?
I'm one of the 2020 Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellows, which means I'm spending a year going through a development programme for fundraisers. I'm specifically looking at how we fund touring but I'm also interested in how we make fundraising more accessible to working-class artists and makers.
I'm on the Creative Leadership Programme, delivered by The School for Social Entrepreneurs and funded by Arts Council England. I'm spending 2 years going through leadership development and also trying to answer the question "How can we better enable working-class communities to create cultural and creative leaders?". You should follow my social media accounts to keep up to date with my work on this.
I'm part of the working-class artist group, this is a collective of 30+ artists from all over the UK who create work and activisms around class in the arts sector. You can find us on twitter.
I'm the part-time Assistant Producer for Out of Joint, a mid-scale touring theatre company. I've worked on national tours of "The Glee Club" by Richard Cameron, "Rita, Sue and Bob Too" by Andrea Dunbar and "The Remains of The Day" adapted by Barney Norris from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
I do a lot of things, I know. Sometimes it can seem like all of these things are a random assortment but they are all fuelled by the same drive.
There are a lot of things in the world that we're taught are absolutes, that must happen, but a lot of the time we're taught this to reinforce existing power structures.
And it is taught, because when we're children a lot of us have this wild imagination and believe anything can be possible.
Only the most privileged in society are ever taught to imagine the future, and I want to change that.
The shows I make are all about giving people a chance to get into that childish head space where you can imagine just about anything. My organising work is about helping people create structural change.
I don't really want to tell people what to think, but I do want to create spaces where people have a chance to imagine something different.
In a world where only the powerful are given permission to imagine ho the future is, I think this is a radical act.
You can see what I'm doing in PROJECTS and what I have done before in ARCHIVE
CV - SHOWS
Tom makes childish stories for adults so people can explore how the world might be, instead of how it is.
Here's some select credits, have a look at PROJECTS for more info or email for a CV.
"Can you see into a black hole?"
CYSIABH ia an autobiographical pieces which retells the story of my childhood growing up with epilepsy. However, it puts back in that narrative the conversations I never had with my parents, using interviews and an innovative soundscape.
Originally commissioned by Upstart Theatre for Shoreditch Town Hall. Received ACE funding to go through further development at Camden People's Theatre with Slunglow. The show has now been commissioned to be performed outdoors in Covent Garden for summer 2021.
"Education, Education, Karaoke"
EEK is a show exploring the divisions British state education created for young people throughout the 00s, and how karaoke might be the answer for us to unite again.
Developed as part of the Starting Blocks programme 2021 at Camden People's Theatre. It will have its first sharing Summer 2021.
"How to be an Astronaut"
Family show about how families might have better conversations about their feelings when a young person spends a lot of time in hospital.
Began development in a residency at ArtsDepot in 2020. The show was then shortlisted for the Unlimited Emerging Artist Award 2021.
CV - ORGANISING
Here's a few quick things I do, email for a full CV.
One of 20 people to take part in a new programme called Creative Leadership, delivered by the School for Social Entrepreneurs and funded by Arts Council England where I'm focusing on working-class leadership.
One of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellows for 2020-21, a year-long development programme focused on fundraising skills. I focus on developing strategy creatives and small companies that want to create social change or activisms.
Part of the working-class artist group.
Trustee and Secretary for Unlimited.
Assistant Producer for Stockroom.
Received an ACE grant to develop sustainable creative infrastructure around Clitterhouse Farm Project in 2020.