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Ambitious and Vivid ★★★★ The Stage

About the event

An unflinching drama blending new writing, spoken word and original songs

Carrying the weight of the world in his sports bag, a working-class lad trades his
council estate for a one-way ticket out of Salford. Tom Gill’s genre-busting drama
goes on a poetic journey from heartache to redemption, against a backdrop
of broke lads and sh*t dads.

Combining quick-witted lyricism with original songs, the ‘ambitious and vivid’
(The Stage) Growing Pains began life at Battersea Arts Centre and enjoyed a
sell-out run at Edinburgh Festival 2016 as well as several UK dates. It is now on

An award-winning spoken-word artist and Slam Poetry Champ 2015, Tom Gill is
‘Without question, one of the most edgy and vital voices on the scene’ (Reviews
Hub). As an actor he has performed at Edinburgh Festival, Chichester Festival Theatre,
the Orange Tree Theatre and the Royal Exchange, Manchester among others,
and his most recent work includes Mike Leigh’s forthcoming feature film, Peterloo.

Suitable for ages 14 and over

‘Incredibly accomplished… a breath of fresh air’  ★★★★ The Scotsman 

‘A stunning show. Masters the art of rhyme with delirious dexterity‘   ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

‘At times inspirational, at others deeply moving and poignant, Gill is a revelation’ ★★★★ TV Bomb

This tour of Growing Pains is presented by house, and supported by Arts Council
England. house aims to improve the range, scale and quality of contemporary
theatre in the south east of England.