“If you plant a seed, and treat it like the dirt it's surrounded by... it'll grow ugly, like me...”
Carrying the weight of the world in his J.D Sport bag, a working class lad trades his council estate for a one way ticket out of Salford...
Combining spoken word, comedy, and original songs, genre busting GROWING PAINS goes on a journey from heartache to redemption, against the backdrop of Ladbrokes, broke lads, and shit dads.
GROWING PAINS was commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre. The production enjoyed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim. Backed by House Theatre, the show toured the UK in 2017/18 having been published by Play Dead Press.
Written and Performed by Tom Gill
Directed by Matthew Landers
Music & Sound Production by Ewan Phillips
The Growing Pains EP features original songs and spoken word from the critically acclaimed production of Growing Pains, as well as a bonus track from the original script!
1. Long Walk Home
2.Boundary Stone Pub
3. These Days
4. Sick (Bonus Track)
5. Beth Green (London Tube Bars)
6. My Mind
7. Grey With The Duffer
"Tom’s script is meticulously moulded. He has mastered the art of rhyme with delirious dexterity”- Broadway Baby broadwaybaby.com/shows/growing-pains/713788
"As fresh and original as they come... phenomenal"- Reviews Hub http://www.thereviewshub.com/tom-gill-growing-pains-new-wolsey-studio-ipswich/
"Genuine and raw. A must see!" Theatre Smart http://www.theatresmart.com/edinburgh-fringe-reviews-2016.html#Growing_Pains
"Compelling, funny, intense, involving and so much more"-Quotidian Times https://thequotidiantimes.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/growing-pains/
"A one man tour-de-force"- Edinburgh 49 https://edinburgh49.org/2016/08/09/3-review-growing-pains-underbelly-cowgate-5-28-aug-16-30-1hr/
"An ingeniously written must-see"- North West End http://www.northwestend.co.uk/index.php/professional-reviews/manchester/1826-growing-pains-by-tom-gill-royal-exchange-manchester
"Ambitious and vivid"- The Stage https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/growing-pains-review-at-underbelly-edinburgh/
"Incredibly accomplished... a breath of fresh air! - The Scotsman https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/theatre/theatre-review-growing-pains-1-4210538