The year that was and the year to come…

(Pictured: Kiri Pritchard-McLean)

So folks, 2018 is done, end of, finito, no more… and what a year it was.

We’ve had scandals galore, political turmoil, icons falling and cars in space. Here at TOM, we had a great year, chock full of fantastic entertainment.

2019 is looking set to be even bigger, both in the news and here at our wee venue. So to honour the new year, some of our team have hand-picked their favourite shows from last year, and they’ve also picked out what they’re looking forward to most this coming year.

To everyone who supported us in 2018, thank you so so much. The upcoming year is going to be big for TOM, and we hope you’ll join us for the journey.

Much love,
Team TOM x


HELEN – Programmer

Favourite from 2018
THE ANIMALS AND CHILDREN TOOK TO THE STREETS
“1927 are a company that never cease to amaze. This particular show was with us a few years back, and it was such a treat to have it here again. The way that everything comes together is so exact, it really is a treat for the eyes and ears. I can’t wait to see what they have in store in 2019.”

Looking forward to in 2019
KOKO BROWN: WHITE
“If you haven’t seen it, watch the trailer. Need I say more? KoKo is a captivating performer and someone who is able to take music and spoken word to another level.”

ROB – Bar Manager

Favourite from 2018
LOST IN VAGUENESS
“We didn’t exactly know what to expect with this night. I don’t think many people knew to be honest! But it’s those nights that are often the most magical. The vibe was so unique, the atmosphere was positive, the film and performances were great. Just a top night all round.”

Looking forward to in 2019
TOM’S BEER FEST
“I’m the Bar Manager, so what else was it gonna be? Being able to return to our roots and actually run a market here once again is exciting, and the brews on offer will be second to none.”

LAURA – Box Office Manager

Favourite from 2018
FLEABAG
“I loved the TV show, so being able to see it live was a real treat. Maddie Rice held the audience in the palm of her hand from start to finish, and it was the perfect way to get the summer started!”

Looking forward to in 2019
KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN
“Kiri’s ability to connect with the audience is what makes her stand out from anyone else working in comedy today. Her material can be somewhat unusual for stand-up (last years’ show was about her wish to mentor vulnerable kids), but that’s what makes her even more intriguing.”

JAMES – Development Manager

Favourite from 2018
DOOM ROOM
“I was extremely proud of everything that took place during the #TOMtech season this past year, but having the Makropol guys in from Denmark was special. It affected audiences in so many different ways, some people were moved to tears, some felt relief. Being a part of that was magic.”

Looking forward to in 2019
RACHEL PARRIS
“I can’t wait to get tickets for this (the marketing team tell him it’s sold out). Right then, better check out the other comedy coming up…”

MARK – Marketing Manager

Favourite from 2018
OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY
“From the first moment I heard Ben Caplan’s voice, I was hooked. Then, the story kicked in – a moving tale of love through hard times. It worked on so many levels, the cast were incredible and setting the entire show in a shipping container was so clever.”

Looking forward to in 2019
TOM’S FILM CLUB
“Yeah, I’m kind of cheating, but… oh well. Starting of with one of my favourite
anime’s of all time in Your Name, this season looks like the strongest yet. We’ve just announced the Korean thriller Burning as well, which I can’t wait to see!”