My, my - it’s Tom at The Gardyne Theatre

'TOM: A Story of Tom Jones' is at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee from March 26 to 29, the only Scottish dates on its U.K. tour.
'TOM: A Story of Tom Jones' is at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee from March 26 to 29, the only Scottish dates on its U.K. tour.

Theatr na nÓg is thrilled to announce the only Scottish dates on its UK Tour of ‘TOM: A story of Tom Jones’ at the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee from March 26 to 29.

This theatre production with songs embarked on its UK tour on St David’s Day 2014 (March 1) in Tom’s home-town of Pontypridd at the Muni Arts Centre, 49 years to the day that he had his first number one.

The production celebrates Tom’s early career and hard graft in the lead up to his rise to success and the hit number one single, ‘It’s Not Unusual’.

Theatr na nÓg will reveal a story of the early years of Sir Tom Jones’s life accompanied by rock and roll music of the time, performed on stage with a live band.

‘TOM’ is a fascinating story of the Welsh legend and valleys boy with an extraordinary talent; the man himself has been through many make-overs during his time at the top of the charts.

We’ve seen his hip swivelling and pelvis thrusting moves. We’ve seen him collaborate with some of Wales’ and the world’s most successful artists. We’ve seen his cool, stylish demeanour on ‘The Voice’. But what was Tom like in the 60s at the start of his glittering career?

Known then as Tommy Woodward from Pontypridd, ‘TOM’ will offer you a glimpse into his early career in the Welsh valleys.

Born Thomas John Woodward, Tom was the front-man of the local group Tommy Scott and The Senators. Born on June 7, 1940 in Treforest, the Welsh singer known worldwide for his singing talents and for selling over 100 million records, was awarded an OBE in 1999 and knighted by the Queen in 2006.

Created by the same creative team responsible for ‘Jackie The Musical’, Mike James (writer), Geinor Style (director) and Ben Goddard (musical director), the Gardyne Theatre is delighted to welcome their next high quality production featuring live music. Mike James is eagerly looking forward to seeing this work on stage.

He said: “I first got the idea for this show curiously enough when listening to the great man talking on ‘Desert Island Discs’. Here was a perfectly down to earth ex-valleys boy talking about life in Wales much as I remember it myself. And yet he became one of the world’s greatest superstars! I wanted to know just exactly how that came about. What I discovered was a fascinating story of gritty determination, hardship and incredible good fortune that finally set Tom on his way to fame and glory. It was a tale worth telling - as I hope all who see this production will agree.”

Geinor Styles is delighted to be directing this theatre piece that sees the audience being given the opportunity to delve into the history of Tom.

Geinor said: “With a live band on stage the production is infectious, emotional and gritty. It tells the story of the blossoming talent of Tom Jones who sings in pubs and clubs up and down the South Wales valleys, his hard graft and tenacity to succeed until his big break in 1965. Mike James gave us the script in 2012. It was a complete script and it’s so obvious that Mike is very enthusiastic and passionate about it. In 2012, we held a pilot and the response was incredible.

Alan Dear, theatre manager of the Gardyne Theatre said: “The Gardyne is delighted to be welcoming back Theatr na nÓg, who have in the last two years brought ‘Aesops Fables’ and ‘We Need Bees’, both of which played to sold out houses.

“Following the success of ‘Jackie the Musical’, this creative team is well known to the Gardyne audience, and will, I am sure, provide the great night out that we know they have created.”