From West Suffolk to the West End!

Help Tom get there via the UK's leading drama school Arts Ed, London.

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Congrats! This project has reached its minimum needed of £5,000 and is going for its target of £8,000!

"Tom Barber is a great natural talent. I am convinced that he will certainly go on from West Suffolk to the West End. He deserves all the help he can get in order to reach his target. His work ethic and passion is unquestionable."

Ruthie Henshall, West End Leading Lady

This is my plan

I have worked hard to train and prepare for drama school auditions and am delighted to have been offered a place at Arts Educational School to study their BA in Musical Theatre starting in September this year. As you are probably aware government cuts in funding have made these places more expensive and the student loan does not cover all the fees. In fact it leaves me £8,000 short per year. Time is running out and I still do not have sufficient funds to take my place.

Who am I?

I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old and began performing straight away.  My confidence grew and I started to sing and then later, act. At 13 I discovered I could combine all my talents in musical theatre, and since then have taken lead roles in a number of musicals and plays including Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Grease (Danny Zuko), Kes (Jud), Our House (Dad), A Flea In Her Ear (Don Homenides De Histangua), Bent (Max),  Spring Awakening (Melchior), Bonnie and Clyde (Clyde) and I have also featured as a special guest for "Ruthie Henshall and Her Band" along with Kerry Ellis. Now I have the opportunity to train and turn my talents into a career having secured one of only 50 places at one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world. Living in rural Suffolk has its benefits, however moving to London is an experience I will relish.

Why do I love performing?

I like to connect with an audience and seeing the change in their emotional state throughout a performance. For me it's all about the power of live theatre. Researching characters and understanding their perspective is fantastic for me as I feel every production educates me.  I found school challenging, but when I discovered my passion for Performance, I found a strong work ethic and drive to succeed.  This all came to fruition on receiving my offer from Arts Ed.  I look forward to the next step in my training and looking for help in allowing me realise my full potential.

Where will the money go?

I plan to use all that I raise to help make up the difference between the money I am able to put on a student loan and the tuition fees for the first year at Arts Ed.

It's a matter of give and take!

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Links

Here are some Tom&Paris links for Elastic Heart , Blame It On Me , and our Our SoundCloud .

This link takes you to the full performance of Spring Awakening with me as Melchior.

1 month ago

So, last week was a big show week with Bonnie & Clyde. Working on this show not only got me back into belting but also pushed me massively acting wise. I found the challenge of making Clyde a character who is fundamentally unlovable but seeks sympathy for his plight, really difficult, as these are opposing feelings. Nevertheless, the 8 week rehearsal period for this show was intense but extremely enjoyable and Clyde definitely gave me the opportunity to see great progress in both my acting and singing. If Clyde actually had sung how he does in the show, I fail to see how he and Bonnie would have been able to stay on the run for as long as they did! The police would only have needed to listen and they would have heard Clyde belting ridiculous notes from different states.

Another huge plus was seeing the lovely Ruthie Henshall after the Friday night performance. She offered to stay behind after the show to give the cast a run down of what she thought of the show. Thankfully, she loved it... aha

1 month, 1 week ago

Thanks to all my firends and family who came into support me yesterday at Bonnie & Clyde, I really enjoyed myself and hope you all did too.

There you go you smelly rat. X

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Ollie Barber

Looking forward to a North-west gig - 3 in the audience up to now!

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Ollie Barber

See you for a gig later in the Summer Tom!

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Ollie Barber

Good luck Tom! I'll find a nice spot on the beach for the sing-a-gram!

23 Jun 2017
John Hills

Not far to go now boyo. Can't wait to cash in my reward for my wedding. Jonny

1 Jun 2017
Alex Ray

Good luck, Tommo!

25 May 2017
Glen Moulds

Good luck Tom from Glen & Julie Moulds x

23 May 2017
Pauline Sherritt

Good luck with your fund raising Tom I hope you get there.

23 May 2017
Craig Stevenson

Go… follow your dreams Tom. The world is at your feet and ready for you to claim your place!

23 May 2017
Jack Barber

I look forward to calling in my sing-a-gram.

23 May 2017
Sian Davis

⭐️

21 May 2017
Barry Whichello

He will be a big star.

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