Tom Brandon - On The Mic

The Choir of Man is described as fun, real, beautiful, modern, energetic, and according to Tom Brandon, it’s for absolutely everyone.

Nine best mates in their local pub, which is about to close. We learn about each character over the course of the show, through song dance and poetry.

What does Edinburgh mean to you?

It’s full of people passionate about their art, and doing what they love – and so to be a part of that is amazing. I’m very excited to be a part of it.

Who inspires you and why?

My Mam – she taught me everything I know and is a musical genius.

Describe your best or worst experiences on stage.

Best? My first job – as a camp as Christmas dwarf in Snow White at the Birmingham Hippodrome with Gok Wan, John Partridge & Paul Zerdin. My worst? Playing a big fat woman (in a fat suit, of course) in 45 degree heat in Saudi Arabia. Glamorous!

Describe your best or worst review.

Best review? I can’t remember who it was but it was a critic who commented on my back definition when I did a sex scene in Spend, Spend, Spend. Gains. My worst? A cruise passenger who said my singing was “village hall standard” – all that RAM training for nothing eh?!

If you weren’t a performer, what would you be?

A rugby player. But I was too vain and didn’t like my hair getting messed up.

What was the last book you read?

The Power of now – as recommended by my friend Nick Hayes – great read.

Is the stereotype of Irish men being so handsome and charming real?


Imagine that the BBC have asked you to produce a primetime show. What would it be and who else would be involved?

Oooh – something that combined ninja warrior, crystal maze and the chase. Epic.

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