Tom's first two plays Saros 145and What Becomes?were staged during his undergraduate degree at the University of York, he also wrote a new musical called The Fall of Fire for the York New Musical Festival in this time. What Becomes? won him a nomination to the festival company of NSDF.
He then created BETHa retelling of Macbeth in a gay bar in Scarborough using slam poetry and found music as his first project during his MA Writing Musicals at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. This was selected to be performed as part of Mosaic Festival in 2016, staged immersively in the Karamel Club. His second project at Mountview was Audreyan exploration of the unknown life of Audrey Hepburn written with composer Amy Le Rossignol, excerpts from the musical have been performed at The Tristan Bates Theatres and Above The Arts.
After his MA Tom worked with composer Dom James to create Orpheus, a 21st Century retelling of the Orpheus Myth which was selected as part of BEAM 2018 and performed on the main stage at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Around this time he was also creating The Artificial Brain a project which was simultaneously a play and a video game, exploring optimal outcome autism with producer Daisy Hale.
He then created Finding Simon, his first solo project as part of Litmus Fest at Pleasance. During the 6 week residency he explored the way in which we need anonymity in order to open up as people and the way we navigate shame. Following this he was commissioned by Upstart Theatre to create Can You See Into a Black Hole?for DARE festival 2018 at Shoreditch Town Hall, the show was an exploration of his own experience of growing up with epilepsy. The show was then developed further with composer Christian Czornyj and Director Natasha Nixon with support from Arts Council England and staged at both Camden People's Theatre and as part of the "How To..." festival at The Holbeck in Leeds with Slunglow.
Tom has written a number of shorter plays including Orgreave 1984 (The Arcola) and Blackpool Lights (Theatre503)
Outside of writing Tom has directed a number of shows including RENT, Songs for a New World, Breaking The Code, and a number of workshop performances. He has done dramaturgy for Winded (Amy Le Rossignol), Asper-Girl (Hannah Cound) and Homecoming and generally specialises in dramaturgy for music theatre or the dramaturgy of neurodiverse storytelling. He has lectures in Music Theatre at The University of Portsmouth.
As well as self-producing a number of his own projects he is the assistant producer for Out of Joint, touring political theatre around the UK on the mid-scale. He also produces LGBTQ+ Tiny Shows with Jen Toksvig and facilitates a number of creative support groups. He regularly provides access support work for Arts Council England applications and also consults on ACE applications for theatre and performance arts.
WHY DO I DO THIS?
I think I'm a pretty ordinary person, I grew up in Doncaster and my parents do pretty ordinary jobs, all my friends are pretty ordinary people. But, I also think that ordinary people only get called that because people don't look at their stories hard enough, I think you can find the most extraordinary stories in the most seemingly ordinary people. I want to take these ideas and these stories and give them to people to play with, I want to give them to people who are normally excluded from the "big conversations" and make sure they have a good night out while they do it. I want to give politics to paramedics and the science of black holes to my parents and I want to entertain people with stories.