The multi-award winning epic rock musical written by Pete Townshend
Based on the iconic 1969 concept album, The Who’s Tommy is the multi-award winning epic rock musical written by Pete Townshend.
With a cast of 22 performers and musicians, this is the story of the pinball-playing boy which has entertained and intrigued audiences for more than 40 years. A one-of a-kind theatrical event!
‘This exceptional production by Ramps on the Moon sinks its fangs into the jugular of 2016 and gives it a good hard kick up the arse.’
Exeunt Magazine on The Government Inspector 2016
Tommy will feature a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation which will enhance the experience for everyone. For more information, visit www.rampsonthemoon.co.uk The relaxed performance of this show will be 15 June 1.30pm.
Sat 10 Jun 1.30pm, Wed 14 Jun 6.30pm and Fri 16 Jun 6.30pm
We are holding Touch Tours of the props, costumes and set of Tommy available for visually impaired audience members. Places on the tour are free with a ticket to the show. If you would like to book on to a Touch Tour, please speak to box office staff who can book you a place.
NEWHAM DISCOUNT NIGHT
Wed 7 Jun 2017
£2.50 tickets available for Newham residents (proof of address required), subject to availability
Tue 13 Jun 2017
Join us after the show for a free post-show talk with Director Kerry Michael, Choreographer Mark Smith and Associate Director Nicola Miles-Wildin.
Please note that this production explores some adult themes.
Originally produced on Broadway by Pace Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions with Kardana Productions. Performed By Arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Visit for Tommythemusical.co.uk more information.
Music and Lyrics Pete Townshend
Book Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff
Additional Music and Lyrics John Entwistle and Keith Moon
Director Kerry Michael
Associate Director Nicola Miles-Wildin
Dramaturg Paul Sirett
Designer Neil Irish
Musical Director Robert Hyman
Assistant Musical Director Oliver Vibrans
Choreographer Mark Smith
Lighting and AV Designer Arnim Friess
Sound Designer Andrew Johnson for Creative Technology
Casting Director Polly Jerrold
British Sign Language Creative Consultants Jeni Draper and Daryl Jackson
Adam is delighted to be on tour with Tommy, as part of the groundbreaking Ramps On The Moon! He trained at the Oxford School of Drama. Work in the theatre includes: Roll Over Beethoven (Belgrade Theatre Coventry); Jackie the Musical (U.K. tour); Sinbad, Beauty and the Beast & The Sword in the Stone (New Wolsey Theatre); Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera); Hot Stuff (Queens Theatre Hornchurch); Our House (U.K. tour); Gawain and The Green Knight (The Yard); The Flying Dutchman (English National Opera); Miss Nightingale (U.K. tour); Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Exquisite Folly); Noah's Ark (Mervyn Peake Centenary Festival, Blue Elephant Theatre). Film includes: Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Baby Cow).
Alim Jayda as Lover
Alim trained at the Italia Conti Academy. Theatre Credits: Captain Greenbeard in Sinbad the Sailor (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Globe Theatre), Lady Ria in Rasheed/Rasheeda (BAFTA), Masala Queens (Workshop, Rifco Arts), Swing/Ensemble In Annie The Musical (UK Tour), Presenter/Ensemble in Britain's Got Bhangra (Rifco Arts, UK Tour), Harmeet in Break The Floorboards (Rifco Arts UK Tour), Jamie/ Swing in Blockbuster (UK Tour), Piggy Smalls in Red Riding Hood and The Wolf (Greenwich Theatre), Nightshade in Jack And The Beanstalk (Greenwich Theatre), Puss in Puss In Boots (Greenwich Theatre), Singer/Dancer in Royal Masonic Gala (Prince Of Wales Theatre), Harry in Wolf (Workshop), Harry in The Noise (Workshop – West Yorkshire Playhouse), Stage/ Signer in Mummyji Presents (Rifco Arts), Iggle Piggle/Puppeteer in In The Night Garden Live (UK Tour), Daniel in Confusion Of A Shadow Boxer (Rada Studios), Dancer in Basshunter Appearance (United Productions), Kumar in Deafinitely Theatre Shorts (Deafinitely Theatre) and Jack in Waiting For What (New Seasons Productions). Film Credits: David in Kismet Diner (Ridley Scott Films), Harry in Wolf (Short Film). TV Credits: The Last Leg Takeover (Television), BSL Choreographer in Channel 4 Paralympic Promo 2016 (Television), Dancer in Smirnoff (Commercial), Iggle Piggle in In The Night Garden (The One Show), Singer in The Proposers Love Actually (Sky TV), Featured Brat in Bremner, Bird and Fortune (Channel 4) and commercials for iPad Apple, Cornetto, McDonalds and Pizza Hut. For more information about Alim please visit: www.access-uk.com or follow him on twitter @A_Jayda
Amy Trigg as Sally Simpson
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (BA) Hons. Theatre credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Nottingham Playhouse). Television: Doctors (BBC Drama Production), Stella (Tidy Productions Limited). Rehearsed Reading and Workshops: Stuck (Guilty Party Pictures), Teenage Dick (Bush Theatre), Heidi (Nottingham Playhouse).
Anthony is from Bradford in West Yorkshire. He graduated in the summer of 2010 from the SLP College in Leeds with a Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre having gained the 3rd year students’ Special Achievement Award. He is delighted to be performing in The Who’s Tommy with Ramps on The Moon. Anthony is a strong commercial dancer – he has performed as a backing dancer for The Wanted in T4’s Stars of 2010 at Earl’s Court – other TV credits include Bump n’ Grind (Trouble TV) with Louis Spence and Darren Henson and Dance X (BBC TV) with Arlene Phillips and Bruno Tonioli. In recent years he has worked as Dance Captain in Pantomime at the St Albans Arena with CBeebies’ Mr Maker – Phil Gallagher and with Larry Lamb (Eastenders) at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. He has also enjoyed two seasons working for The Headliners Theatre Company aboard P&Os Oriana and Oceana performing in their high tempo Musical Theatre based shows. Anthony is particularly proud of his achievements with Deaf Men Dancing (DMD) with whom he has been involved since his graduation. DMD is a professional dance company which has performed at many festivals and venues all over the UK including The National Theatre and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London. Further afield, together with the group’s Artistic Director he has performed in Unlimited Access at the Zagreb Dance Week in Croatia. DMD is a unique and original dance project which has very successfully blended different styles of dance and embedded sign language within all its creative work.
Becky juggles working as an actor-musician and a BSL/English interpreter (RSLI Becky Allen). Selected credits include: Snow in Midsummer and The Jew of Malta (RSC), A Streetcar Named Desire (The Royal Exchange), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep & Ramps on the Moon), King Lear, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Henry V, Love’s Labour’s Won, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (RSC Schools' Broadcasts), Jack and the Beanstalk (Cast), Gods Are Fallen (Greyscale), The Tempest, The Good Soul of Szechuan, Lysistrata (Watford Palace Theatre), The Odyssey (London Bubble), The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming (Tall Stories), The Three Wise Monkeys (Hiccup Theatre), and The Ugly Duckling (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch). Later in 2017 she will be working on Julius Caesar with The RSC. Becky was a mentor for Graeae’s Ensemble and regularly works as a rehearsal room interpreter and workshop facilitator around the UK.
Donna Mullings as Mrs Walker
Donna has been Acting for the last 13 Years, she has worked with both Deaf and integrated mainstream theatre companies, her credits include Pulse and Macbrew - Derby Theatre, Love’s Labour’s Lost which was performed at The Globe - Deafinitely Theatre, Baa Moo Yellow Dog - Half Moon Theatre, The Crane and Cinderella’s Sisters - Red Earth Theatre, Children of a Greater God, It is a small world, Vagina Monologues and Something Else - Deafinitely Theatre and Appointment with Death - London Deaf Drama Group for which she won the best actors award. She also worked volunteer with 3D – Derby Deaf Drama for Christmas Pantomime such as Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, Hansel and Gretel also real life Murder Mystery – An Unfortunate Pregnancy. She went onto a various acting workshops at the Deafinitely HUB and she did a one off Deaf Improv Comedy. Donna has lots of experience in BSL translation, she has worked as an In-Vision Signer for programmes such as Cartoon Network, ABC, ITV, MTV, Linc’s – Black America Comedy, Disney Channel, SCI-FI Channel and Paramount. Also she has worked as a website Presenter for AC2.com. She is also an experienced children’s fairy-tale storyteller, working for companies such as BSLBT, MyDeafLife.com, ITV Tyne Tees Television SignPost and Cbeebies – Magic Hands. She has acted in a shot film for the first time for BSLBT called Supersonic. Donna has performed dance with Def Motion and has performed at the Reims Clin d’Oeil Festival (France), Incloodu Festival (London) and WoW Festival (Black Country). Donna is delighted and excited to get involved for the first time in the production of Ramps on the Moon called The Who’s Tommy, a rock musical Theatre is a dream come true! Tweet Donna: @MissWhoopiDoopi
Garry Robson as Uncle Ernie
Garry Robson has directed over 40 professional productions both here and abroad receiving several awards including a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award and a Herald Angel. He was Artistic Director of DaDaFest International 2008 and 2010, establishing DaDaFest as one of the key International Festival for Deaf and Disability Arts and performance worldwide. As an actor as well as numerous roles on TV and Radio he has performed in many of the major theatres in the UK in a range of classics and new works. He was Bob/Billy in Graeae’s Reasons to be Cheerful and Peachum in their Threepenny Opera. In 2016 he directed a Hip Hop Theatre installation for young people Café Missing, a show in Siberia for KultProject Moscow at the Skomorokh State Puppet Theatre Tomsk, a body swap comedy, Role Shift, at A Play a Pie and a Pint in Glasgow and ended the year Directing a re-imagining of The Tempest -Miranda and Caliban: The Making of a Monster - in Hong Kong as part of the Shakespeare Lives Festival. He’s hoping 2017 is gonna be a good year but a little less hectic.
Hearns Sebuado, originally from Philippines began his training at South Thames College studied National Diploma Performing Arts with Triple Distinctions and Graduated at Middlesex University with Second class honours degree. On 2014 Hearns has toured with SDC in USA Louisiana and Miami, and performed with Cuban Poetry. He even able to showcase his Choreography, on 2015 He Choreographed and performed a piece called 'Findin' My Strength' collaborated with Laura Dajao at Sadlers Wells Equations. 2016 he was asked to be involved and tour with a project called 'Let us tell you a story' choreographed and directed by Mark Smith. Hearns are passionate dancer and he love teaching and his goal is to inspires other to be confident. He taught Complete Connections Youth Dance at Newham College as part of Sardines Dance Collective and he co choreographed the piece 'Within Light and Dark' along with Esther Hurst as for ResTec 2016 & Benchmark
Lukus Alexander as Cousin Kevin
Lukus trained on three year Musical Theatre Course at Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodywork Dance Studios. The last year has seen Lukus working as Pixel in Lazy Town Live and For what we share (BBC Christmas). Further credits include: Pan (Warner Bros) film; Little Heroes/Pequenos Heroes film & Spike in Transformers Live. Tomtom The Cat in Dick McWhittington (SEC, Glasgow); Connection Man in Maplin sponsors Gadget Man on Channel 4, Ballot Box Man in COI Electoral Commission Commercial; Tommy The Cat in Dick Whittington (Theatre Royal, Plymouth); Timmy/Farmers Niece in Shaun The Sheep Musical (Saudi Arabia Tour); Maureen The Cat in Dick Whittington (Hippodrome Theatre, Birmingham); Big Jule/Dance Captain in Guys and Dolls (Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge); 118 118 'Sing Along' Train Times Commercial (Pulse Films); Doctor Atomic (London Coliseum); Dwarf- Groovy in Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs (Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield); The Keeper of the Ring in Aladdin (Victoria Theatre, Halifax).
Film credits include: Hello Carter (JLB Productions, Revolution Films), Wakan Tanka (Substantial Films). TV credits include: Midsomer Murders (Bentley Productions Ltd), Wasted (E4), Love, Nina (BBC/See Saw Films), Cuffs (Tiger Aspect), My Almost Famous Family (BBC). Theatre credits include: Our Town (Almeida Theatre).
Max Runham as Captain Walker
Max is from a small village in Kent called Hextable. While training at Rose Bruford, he landed his first TV role, appearing in Hollyoaks. Since then he has appeared in New Wolsey Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae's production of The Threepenny Opera, HOME theatre's production of Simon Stephens' The Funfair, The Family Way by Bill Naughton at the Bolton Octagon, Greyscale's Gods are fallen and all safety gone, and most recently, Max made his debut with The National Theatre and Complicite in A Pacifist's Guide to The War on Cancer. Alongside this, Max is a very passionate musician and has been performing extensively as a solo artist and with his band throughout London over the past 4 years.
Natasha is a professional Deaf dancer from Manchester. Previous training includes DanceZone at Ancoats Studios, Manchester and North West Theatre College in Droylsden, Manchester. Credits include dancing for The International Dance Show (Cyprus), backing dancer for The Michael Jackson Show (Crete), and a short music video for Suli Breaks called the Dormroom. Natasha has also performed with companies including Diamonettes, One Stop Entertainment, Sunset Productions and Hera Dance. Natasha looks to one day to start her own company for D/deaf performancers, and looks to be a role model for young D/deaf children. She incorporates hip hop and contemporary dance styles with her first language, which is BSL. She looks forward to working with everyone in this production of Tommy.
Training: PGDip – Performance (LSMT), BA (Hons) Music (Anglia University, Cambridge). Theatre Credits Include: Cinderella (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch), Peter Pan In Scarlet (New Vic Theatre & Oxford Playhouse), Corbyn The Musical – The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East Theatre, London), The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion (National Theatre Wales), The Life of Galileo, Promises & Lies & The BFG (Birmingham Rep), The Threepenny Opera (West Yorkshire Playhouse/Nott Playhouse/Birmingham Rep/New Wolsey/Graeae), Our House – The Madness Musical (UK Tour), Dick Whittington & His Cat (Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham), Little Shop of Horrors, Rope & Dear Brutus (Pitlochry Festival Theatre), The Firework Maker's Daughter (Bloomsbury Theatre, London), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), The Jungle Book (UK Tour), The Vagina Monologues (Royal Festival Hall, London), Britain's Got Bhangra (Theatre Royal, Stratford East, West Yorkshire Playhouse & UK Tour), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (UK Tour), South Pacific (UK Tour), Mark Ravenhill's Dick Whittington (Barbican), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum (New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich), Charmin (Greenwich Theatre, Soho Theatre & NT Studio), HMS Pinafore (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park), 20 000 Leagues Under The Sea & Baiju Bawra (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Cinderella (Oxford Playhouse), Emancipation Day (Soho Theatre & Theatre Royal, Stratford East), Paul – A Strange Kind Of Hero (Brighton Fringe), Britten’s Opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Hand Productions), Aladdin (Courtyard Theatre, Hereford). TV & Film Credits: EastEnders (BBC), Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Dir. Tim Burton, Warner Bros), Deadline (Dir. Christian Wise, Brighton Film). Recording Credits: LisGoa (Ghude Records), The Rocky Horror Show (Hammersmith Palais). Natasha has also toured the world extensively as a Mezzo Soprano Soloist and Trombonist
Peter Straker as Acid Queen
Born in Jamaica, Peter first shot to fame in 1968 when he starred as Hud in the original London production of Hair. He has starred in countless West End productions since, including Pete Townsend's Tommy, Ken Hill's The Phantom of the Opera, Hot Stuff, Blues in the Night, The Rocky Horror Show, The Rat Pack, One Love and Holding On. His classical roles include Cassius in Julius Caesar, at Bristol Old Vic, and Lucio in Measure for Measure at the National Theatre. Other theatre includes: The Silver Gym (Queens Theatre Hornchurch), Torsten, The Beautiful Libertine (Above the Stag), The Wiz (Birmingham Rep), Cinderella (Hackney Empire) and The Glorious Ones (Landor Theatre). He performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in a concert performance of Piaf with The Matthew Jones Orchestra, and has performed cabaret at leading London venues as well as two solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival and the St James Theatre, London: Black Magic, and Peter Straker’s Brel, which is now available as an album. Peter has made several appearances in film and TV and became a well know face playing Dev in the hit series Connie with Stephanie Beacham and Commander Sharrel, in Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks. His recording career includes projects for many major labels including The Alan Parsons Project’s I Robot, Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona with Montserrat Caballe and backing vocals in The Great Pretender. He has an extensive back catalogue of recordings and solo albums, two of which were produced by Freddie Mercury: This One’s On Me and Changeling.
Training: Brooksby Melton College and The American Musical Theatre Academy of London. Theatre credits whilst training include: Sweet Charity (Lost Theatre) and Little Shop of Horrors (Melton Theatre), West Side Story (Curve Theatre). Theatre credits include: Hair (Hope Mill Theatre), Parade (Hope Mill Theatre), The Lion King (Disney Theatrical, UK and International Tour); Godspell in Concert (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue); Seussical the Musical (Arts Theatre) and Rent (Tabard Theatre). Workshop credits include: Toys the Musical -Milton Morrissey (London) Recording credits include: Paradise Lost (Original Cast Recording). Beautiful to You (Original Single -SAM.G project).
Stacey was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, and trained at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London (AMTA). Since living and working as an actress and vocalist in London, she has also trained with The Actors Class and The Acting Network. Theatre credits include: Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby (UK Tour), Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas (Lyric Hammersmith); Sixth Form Romeo (Workshop; Derailed Theatre Company), Heart of Hearts (Workshop; Graeae Theatre Company), The Threepenny Opera (UK Tour); A Great Night Out (Wild Works), Reasons to be Cheerful: The Festival (UK & Germany); Passport to Pimlico (Rehearsed Reading; SouthWestFest). Vocalist credits include: Naked Noise: Neil John Onions (Zigfried's Von Underbelly, Hoxton), Sondheim Women (St. James Theatre); Hannah Waddingham and Her Band (St. James Theatre), An Audience With: Julie Atherton for Perfect Pitch (Ormskirk), Christmas in New York (Palace Theatre, London), Julie Atherton & Laura Pitt-Pullford; Partners in Crime (St. James Theatre), and Julie Atherton: Rush of Life (Album Launch). Television and screen credits include: Nurse Morris in Breathless (ITV), Shrink: Season 1 (Auteur Vision), and Stages of a Girls’ Night In… (BuzzFeed/McVities). Stacey has worked as a Voice Over artist for HMRC and Accenture. Stacey is also very proud to be a member of The Daisy Chains, an all-female, 1950's rock and roll band (www.thedaisychains.co.uk). www.staceylghent.com
Steve Simmonds trained at the Rose Bruford College. His extensive Theatre credits include; Cortina Man, Made In Dagenham (Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch/New Wolsey Ipswich), Bosun in Return To The Forbidden Planet 25th Anniversary Tour (Forbidden Planet Musicals, directed by Bob Carlton), Steve Currie/Captain Sensible in 20th CENTURY BOY (UK No. 1 Tour), The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Jonathan Church), From A Jack To A King (Far East Tour for British Theatre Playhouse), Norman Petty in The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy Musical Productions/No. 1 Tour), Lend Me A Tenor, Gun Metal Blues, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Aladdin, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay, Twelfth Night, The Servant Of Two Masters, A Slice Of Saturday Night, Jack And The Beanstalk, Gaslight, Bouncers and It’s A Fine Life (all for Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch), Widow Twankey in Aladdin and Baron Hardup in Cinderella (Stafford Gatehouse), The Comedy Of Babi Babbett, Gentle Harry’s Farm, Ikarus Inc and Noah Babel’s Ark (Rude Mechanicals Theatre), Mack And Mable at the Criterion Theatre, West End (Adam Kenwright/Watermill Theatre), Pinafore Swing (Watermill Theatre/National Tour), The Sword In The Stone, Sleeping Beauty, Angie the Ox in Guys And Dolls, Aladdin, Sugar and Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (all for the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich). His TV credits include Love Soup for the BBC and prior to training, he played Stitch in Oliver! directed by Sam Mendes at the London Palladium.
Tony’s career spans over forty years. He has a variety of experience in not only guitar but also classical piano and violin. Artists that Tony has worked with include: disco superstar band Odyssey, The Drifters, Edgar Winter, ex, Three Degrees vocalist, Sheila Ferguson in the show Soultrain, Circus Of Horrors, ex Us3 drummer Cheryl Alleyne’s jazz/rock band Solar Breeze, Sam Kelly’s Station House, reggae band Fowokan, ex Direct Drive, Paul Hardcastle vocalist, Helen Rogers, Hugh Masakela keyboard player Mervyn Africa. Tony has worked with hit theatre shows, notably Tell Me On A Sunday featuring Marti Webb, and Dancing In The Streets. In the past few years Tony has worked with original members of legendary band Cymande, New Orleans legendary funk drummer, Zigaboo Modeliste (of The Meters), and at Womad 2015 Festival with Egyptian percussion maestro Hossam Ramzy. In 2016 Tony played on Reuben James Richards’ single A.S.A.P. appearing on Radio 2, and Tony’s reformed band Factory released their prog rock album Back In The Time Machine. Tony has recently recorded with Sam Kelly’s Station House, featuring on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, violin and vocals. The album is due for release in early 2017. Tony also has his own rock/fusion band Toneheadz. Tony is honoured to be part of the Ramps On The Moon production of Tommy.
William Grint as Tommy
William trained at Deafinitely Youth Theatre. Theatre credits includes: The Beauty Manifesto (2012), The Ritual (2013), The Mobile Phone Show (2014) and Blackout (2016) as part of the National Theatre Connections, A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Adaptation (2014) with Deafinitely Youth Theatre and Imogen (2016) at Shakespeare's Globe. Film credits includes: Chasing Cotton Clouds (2012), Strangers (2013) and The Quiet Ones (2015). William also won the Best Actor award for Strangers at Clin D’Oeil International Festival for Deaf Culture in 2013.
Every performance will feature a creative use of audio description, captioning and British Sign Language interpretation which will enhance the experience for everyone.
Relaxed performance: 15 June 1.30pm
Relaxed Performances are specifically adapted performances of a Theatre Royal Stratford East Show, designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.
To book the relaxed performance either call the box office on 020 8534 0310 or email email@example.com
Sat 10 Jun 1.30pm, Wed 14 Jun 1.30pm, Fri 16 Jun 6.30pm
We are holding Touch Tour of the props, costumes and set of Tommy available for visually impaired audience members. Places on the tour are free with a ticket to the show. If you would like to book onto a Touch Tour, please speak to box office staff who can book you a place.
Tue 13 Jun 2017
Join us after the show for a free post-show talk with Director Kerry Michael, Choreographer Mark Smith and Associate Director Nicola Miles-Wildin.