7 – 10 February @ Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den ·
Presented by Flash in the Can ·
Six years ago, Tom GK had his dream job as music reviewer for a national UK paper, reviewing everyone from: Bob Dylan and Muse to Usher and Britney Spears. Only problem was, Tom had a secret: his hearing was rapidly deteriorating. During a Foo Fighters gig, Tom GK finally accepted he had to seek help and swapped his life of guitars and notebooks for doctors, MRI scans and hearing tests. Now he’s ready to tell his story … and because every music critic in reality wants to be on stage, he’s written a musical!
A rare disease, a music critic who always dreamt of being on stage, a triumphant premier at Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Tom GK: Hearing Loss, The Musical! is as unlikely as it is compelling. “I’ve had some very hard times – and there’s some harder times undoubtedly ahead,” says Tom. “But finally bringing my story to life has been transformative. What’s been even more amazing is the amount of people who also suffer hearing loss who come along and want to talk about their experiences too. I’m honoured and excited to bring the show to Perth Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe Festival and take the story global. Hearing loss is a huge taboo in our society and if I can get audiences singing and dancing about it with me then it’s a massive step forward.”
Tom GK is a regular contributor to London’s Daily Telegraph and the Guardian and other publications. In his 20s, he then began losing his hearing and was diagnosed with a genetic disease, neurofibromatosis II. He now writes and performs about it.
Tom GK and his friend Tom Skelton, who is vision-impaired, are also presenting a family show Did you Hear What I Saw, during Fringe World for three shows at Subiaco Arts Centre.
There will be an AUSLAN Interpreter for shows at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den on Thursday 7 February.