Meet the Magnificent Tom!
From Pantomime to Pride & (quite a lot of) Prejudice, he's been with the Worcester Rep for it all! Returning to the stage as Ferdinand in the company's season opener, The Tempest, we are delighted to have him back with us on stage again .
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the Worcester Rep?
Not everyone is in every show, but there's a company of actors who consistently work with the Rep. Often as an actor you work with someone on a show, form a relationship, but when the show finishes you go your separate ways; it's lovely to be able to work with friends regularly on a variety of shows. It's cliché but Worcester Rep feels like a little family.
If you could play any character in any production who would it be and why?
I'd love to play Henry VI. He's not as heroic as his father (Henry V), nor are his plays as well-known or well-loved, but he's a fascinating character whose life is… turbulent... at best. He doesn't fit the mould of other medieval kings and his resulting struggles are both external and internal. Having 3 plays to explore a character is rare too. (I'd also like to play Aaron Burr in Hamilton but there are a number of reasons that's not going to happen.)
What appeals to you most about The Tempest?
The Tempest is a story of magic and sprites and monsters. It begins, as the name of the play suggests, with a big, magical storm! It's very much a spectacle and I'm excited to see how the spectacle of the play is brought to life in our production.
Ferdinand is a kind and honest young man, who do you think he would compare to in the modern day and why?
That's a tricky one. Not because there aren't kind and honest people around, but because Ferdinand doesn't show any sign of any deviousness or dishonesty. It doesn't necessarily mean they aren't qualities he possesses somewhere within himself - he's human after all - but he is apparently honourable and well-intentioned and genuine. With that in mind...Worcester Rep's own Oli Brooks? Or Keanu Reeves...
You have performed in Pantomime with us in the past, do you prefer pantomime or Shakespeare?
Shakespeare was my first love as an actor and is what made me want to become an actor in the first place, but the first time I came to the theatre was almost certainly to watch a pantomime (I also grew up watching Worcester Rep pantos), so it's a cop out...but both. There's no doubt that Shakespeare is a bit deeper and the stories and issues are more complex, but as a performer both are demanding and require specific skills, and pantomime is ridiculously fun.