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ClASSIC QUEER MONOLOGUES

This is a collection of shows exploring identity and archetypes. By assuming roles like that of a land loving free spirited cowboy or a sailor lost in the endless sea, I get to explore my personality with surprising consequences.

All pieces are low camp and highly personal. They can be shown in a variety of contexts, from small to medium scale venues.

"Tom makes quite fantastical ideas seem very tangible, so there's always something very hopeful and quietly celebratory in his work."
Tanuja Amarasuriya, Theatre Bristol


 

THE PASSION OF THE POLE

I have been exploring the two unlikely subjects of The Passion (the last hours of Jesus Christ) and pole dancing. Taking mental disorder and anxiety as a starting point, I have delved into a world where loneliness and frustration give way to my imagination.

The piece recreates images of endurance using the dancing pole and a personal narrative that speaks of anxiety, loneliness and desperation, with a good dose of humor.  Exposing my own fragility, I play with the scale of ‘sanity’, tackling mental health issues in a surreal context.




Photo Jonathan Williams


 

FINDING MY INNER-COWBOY

The piece is a ‘research project’ where I presents findings of living life as a cowboy during the month of May 2007. The various activities involved riding a bucking bronco, learning to lasso, line dancing to sliding whisky tumblers down bars.

The show sits between a lecture presentation and a movement piece. The themes are light and playful but scratch the surface of deeper political themes, including sexuality and gender.

In 'Finding My Inner Cowboy' the iconic cowboy landscape is used as a metaphor for an emotional state passively admired.

 


 

HELLO SAILOR,
GOODBYE HEART

In this piece I have set out to saturate my life with all things sailory! I took boat trips, scrubbed the decks, made rum cocktails and of course I got a tattoo.

I peer through port halls of memories and I try to look beyond, past the sea, and yearn for another dry patch, a place to be my port in any kind of storm.


 
THE SOLDIER SINGS THE BLUES

I have a mission from my very own secret service and will be your personal causality of love and war. Exploring the notion of 'all is fair in love and war’, I draw parallels between these two seemingly polarized states.

"An incredibly charming and compelling performer who gives very evocative glimpses into everyday things."
Tanuja Amarasuriya, Theatre Bristol


 

 

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Like most men, Tom has all too often taken his legs for granted. So imagine his surprise when he was shortlisted for the Pretty Polly competition looking for the best legs in the country.

Tom has suffered from varicose veins, causing discomfort and embarassement. Following a routine operation, a newly found confidence encouraged Tom to delve into a world of beauty pageants and gender misadventures.

The show skips through a chorus line, candid tales, songs, photo shoots full with ardent girls conveying a brave story of how to celebrate our bodies despite forever feeling like a misfit. 

"One of the most exciting things about Marshman's work is his ability to pick a seemingly small subject and peel back the layers to expose something unexpectantly profound."

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