Carrying the weight of the world in his JD sports bag, a working class lad trades his stoner mates for a one way ticket to the capital. 

Combining theatre, comedy, spoken word and original songs, GROWING PAINS follows a young lad's journey from heartache to redemption against the backdrop of Ladbrokes, broke lads, and shit dads.


This "ambitious and vivid" (The Stage) production was winner of Ideas Tap Innovators award in 2016,  enjoying a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to critical acclaim. The show toured the UK in 2017/18 being published by Playdead Press. 

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre

Directed by Matthew Landers

Music Production by Ewan Phillips

Technical Support by Mishi Bikesi

Supported by Arts Council England


"Tom’s script is meticulously moulded. He has mastered the art of rhyme with delirious dexterity”

Broadway Baby 



"Ambitious and vivid"

The Stage



"Incredibly accomplished... a breath of fresh air! 

The Scotsman


"Genuine and raw. A must see!" 

Theatre Smart


"Compelling, funny, intense, involving and so much more"

Quotidian Times 


"A one man tour-de-force" 

Edinburgh 49 



"An ingeniously written must-see"

 North West End