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ON brings his play to Newcastle

ON brings his play to Newcastle

Former RGS student, Tom Machell, is bringing his play Ticker to Newcastle following a successful appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe.
 
Tom (ON 01-08) left the RGS in 2008, moving on to an English and Theatre degree at Queen Mary and Westfield, University of London (during which time he spent two years training at the New York Film Academy). Unlike many an aspiring actor, he has managed to make a subsequent success of a film, television and theatre career.
 
The emotional starting point of his new play, which he both wrote and performs in, is the death of his contemporary from the RGS Sixth Form, Steph McLean (ON 06-08). It is not ‘about’ Steph. But as Tom says in the published text: "In June 2013, I lost someone who had been a big part of my life to a condition I had never heard of. Ticker is not a play about her but dedicated to one of the best people I have ever known." The performances were raising money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young): astoundingly, 12 young people a week die from this undiagnosed disease.
 
Tom's production is coming to Newcastle in November, at the Alphabetti Theatre (next to the Discovery Museum), from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd. It starts at 7.30pm and lasts an hour. Tickets can be purchased online and at the theatre: