IN FEBRUARY 2013, Falmouth’s Tom Adams bought a slide projector and 500 slides from eBay.
The slides were of people he didn’t know but he could not help asking, what is their story?
The songwriter and theatre maker performs a live soundtrack of music, comedy and stories to these images in Still Score, a gentle exploration of mortality. He also searches through images of his own life, placing them side by side with the strangers, wondering if his memories will, one day, be just a slide sold on eBay.
He told What’s On: “I wanted to speculate what their story might be in song.
“The music that came out was different to my usual style of songs. It was slightly more abstract. I wanted the image to tell its own story and I would just give a little bit of my meaning onto it.
“This means the audience have to look at the image and speculate what the meaning is for them. They are invited to tell their own story about what they see.
“It will be funny. Everything I do has to have humour in it. But this will be the most poignant show I have made so far.”
This is Tom’s first solo theatre show but for his solo musical comedy work he has won a Mervyn Stutter ‘Spirit Of The Fringe’ award at Edinburgh 2010, been a Musical Comedy Awards 2012 finalist and a Leicester Mercury Comedian Of The year finalist 2009.
Now London-based, Tom has been seen on the stand-up comedy circuit and has performed shows at Battersea Arts Centre, Harrogate Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Theatre, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and supported Simon Munnery on his national tour.
In Cornwall, he is known for his work with Miracle Theatre and is currently working with the company’s director Bill Scott on their winter show.
Tom added: “This is very exciting as it will strengthen our working relationship. I really enjoyed working with him on Frankenstein.
“Miracle Theatre have been so supportive of my work and especially with Still Score. I rehearsed for two weeks at the Miracle space. It was perfect to start making the show there as the feel of the show is nostalgic and there is nothing more nostalgic than a wood-burning stove with views out over the Cornish countryside.”
Tom has also been performing his comedy songs in people’s lounges across the country with Lounge Gigs, an intimate comedy show in anyone’s sitting room to as many people that can fit in.
The show was selected to be part of Sitelines Festival at South Street Arts Centre, Reading last November and also Harrogate Theatre’s 2’s Company Festival this June.
Tom is planning to take Still Score on a large national tour in the autumn. See it in Cornwall before he becomes a household name, then brag.
You can see the show on Tuesday, February 11, at Hay Studio, Tregoose, Bodmin; Thursday, February 13, at The Poly, Falmouth, and Saturday, February 15, at Perranporth Memorial Hall.
For more details see www.tom-adams.co.uk