Tom is an actor and writer who trained with the National Youth Theatre.
His theatre credits include the one-man-show Run at the Vault Festival, Three Sisters at the Southwark Playhouse and Negril Beach at the Bush Theatre. He co-developed and performed in Give Me Your Skin, with Oonagh Murphy, at the Battersea Arts Centre, and in After Orlando season at the Finborough Theatre, as part of the Vibrant Festival 2016.
Tom was nominated for an Off-West End Award for his performance in one-man-show Run, which recently finished at the Bunker Theatre.
Tom most recently finished performing in the stage adaptation of Derek Jarman and James Whaley’s screenplay Jubilee at the Lyric Hammersmith
Jubilee at the Lyric Hammersmith Reviews
Jubilee has transferred to the Lyric Hammersmith. Here is what the critics are saying:
- “Kinky and violent, Jubilee the play is a vintage punk romp amended to include a far more diverse cast, and to rail against today’s troubling political climate, both at home and abroad.” The Upcoming
- ” It is probably best to sit back and allow the drama to flow over you, taking away some memorable aural and physical impressions, while enjoying the energy exuded by the whole cast, under the free range direction of Goode” British Theatre Guide
- “The show develops a a momentum and a musical drive, with the police killing in a night-club of the incestuous brothers Angel and Sphinx (the cavortingly explicit Tom Ross-Williams and Craig Hamilton) and it bloody aftermath.” The Independent
- “Jubilee’ is fundamentally a really enjoyable evening, whether you’re being enjoyably shocked or just wholeheartedly enjoying its surge of violence, naked men, visual splendour and gleeful subversion.” TimeOut
The reviews for Jubilee are in
- “Jubilee is a rollercoaster, so giddy that it constantly threatens to spin off the stage, and is a far more defiant and pointed gesture of resistance than Jarman’s film.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
- “Tom Ross-Williams and Craig Hamilton, often gloriously naked, fizz with sexual chemistry and violent abandon as the incestuous brothers Angel and Sphinx” Stephen M Hornby, ATTITUDE Magazine
- “Irresistibly all over the place, anarchy spins round the theatre; it’s infectious and gut-punching. If anything is going to stop people gazing at their screens for a couple of hours, this might be it.” Northern Soul
- “A challenging and at times difficult to watch Act 1 where some parts washed over you, was pulled together brilliantly in Act 2, cementing the chaos and discord for a thrilling and often hilarious rollercoaster.” Louder than War
- “A magnificently theatrical punk apocalypse Chris Goode’s stage version of Derek Jarman’s 1978 film has a similarly transgressive spirit” The Financial Times
Tom Ross-Williams has been cast as Angel in the Royal Exchange Theatre’s JUBILEE. Adapted for the stage by Chris Goode from the original screenplay by Derek Jarman and James Whaley. Directed by Chris Goode
Tom Ross-Williams in 'Arming The World'
Tom has joined the cast of the exciting new theatre production ‘Arming The World‘ produced by Ice & Fire / Teatro Vivo.
A site specific show, it will being rehearsing 21st-25th of August with performances in a variety of locations around London from the 11th to the 16th of September.
Five-Star reviews for 'Give Me Your Skin'
Rave reviews for Tom’s new performance art piece ‘Give Me Your Skin‘ have rolled in.
- “Tom, Oonagh and Keiton are more than equal to the task. Their engagement with the audience is brisk but warm and their enthusiasm is infectious… It’s a seriously fun show.” John Fitzpatrick, LGBTQ Art Review
- “Ross-Williams takes a fresh look at toxic masculinity and the impact it has on both men and women . It succeeds in being both fun and hard hitting, sometimes almost simultaneously, and throws a great number of conversations in the arena that need to be had.” Amie Taylor, Female Arts
'Give Me Your Skin' returns to Battersea Arts Centre
Give Me Your Skin, which Tom Ross-Williams co-devised with Oonagh Murphy, as well as stars in, returns for a run at the Battersea Arts Centre June 2017.
Tom-Ross Williams nominated at the Off West End awards
Tom Ross-Williams has been nominated for Best Male at the Off-West End Awards 2017, for his performance as Yanni in one-man-show Run.
The production has also been nominated in the Best Production category.
Reviews for 'Run'
Reviews are in for Run, a one-man-show starring Tom Ross-Williams as Yonni.
The press on Tom and Run:
- “…fresh, sharp and essential to British theatre…Ross-Williams is an energetic force on stage…It’s a hard task for any actor to hold the stamina to perform an hour long monologue of this calibre but Ross-Williams achieves this with such rigour he leaves the audience hooked, it is easy to see why he’s an up-and-coming star of the stage.” 4 stars, Niall Hunt, Theatre Full Stop
- “one superb performer, who manages to keep the audience absolutely engrossed throughout…Tom Ross-Williams who is fantastic as the young Yonni, despite being alone he seems to take up the whole stage. Not only does he tell the story beautifully, he portrays it through wonderful movements of his body that closely resembles a ballet. Frequently making eye-contact with the audience, he makes this a very intimate and personal experience, it’s difficult to decide where Tom ends and Yonni begins…a performance that, like his characters adopted planetary personality, really is out of this world.” 5 stars, Greg Stewart, Theatre Weekly
- “Tom Ross-Williams is able to enact each scene change with ease…He succeeds in conveying various things at once: he is funny, serious, realistic as a 17-year-old, both young and old, and his portrayal is deeply moving. The play is worth watching for his performance alone.” 4 stars, Helena Snider, The Upcoming
Tom Ross-Williams is to reprise his role as Yanni in one-man-show Run.
Run will play at JW3 in London, before going on to Brighton, and finishing with a run at the Bunker Theatre, in Southwark.
Run previously played at the Vaults Festival 2016, receiving fantastic 5-star reviews.
The press on Tom in Run at the Vaults Festival:
- “Up and coming Tom Ross-Williams is an unstoppable force in Run, embodying a youthful and electric energy that ricochets around the auditorium. Ross-Williams has a spitting, tripping, and dexterous hold over Laughton’s language and delivers it in loquacious and liquid torrents. But what’s utterly fantastic about Ross-William’s performance is just effortlessly they tap into Yonni’s anxieties and emotions. You can almost taste any feeling Ross-Williams exudes, often to the point that you’re left figuratively winded by their performance. You exit the auditorium feeling you’re taking with you an intimate part of Yonni’s character, all down to witnessing Ross-William’s absolutely dazzling presence and ability.” 5 stars, Grumpy Gay Critic
- “…in Tom Ross-Williams…a captivating, effortlessly expressive lead that reveals Run to be a quietly extraordinary piece of work…Ross-Williams is able to embody every aspect of Yonni’s character in a posture, nailing both his big-man-in-town swagger on the last day of secondary school and his nervous, lovestruck fidgeting when he first realizes just how much Adam means to him. He also shines by physicalizing his character’s barely suppressed frustration with his family, who are hanging together by a thread in the lead-up to Shabbat.” William Howard, Exeunt Magazine
- “…Ross-Williams…captivates from the opening line until the last breath of this one-man, one act masterpiece…Ross-Williams fully immerses himself in the space with a fluidity of movement, carrying the play with an undulating pace…[a] disarming performance…” 5 stars, Fiona Leckerman, Jewish News
- “Tom Ross-Williams brings to role to life with an ernest and endearing portrayal of Yonni…Tom not only speaks the poetic language with a clear connection to Laughton’s vision for the piece, but brings his own physical skills to the stage. He physicalises elements of the story in such a way that the text and movement connect as one; we follow Yonni’s dance, and get caught by Tom’s mesmerising way of moving…It runs at approximately an hour and a half, but Tom is so wholly captivating that it flies by.” 4 stars, LGBTQ Arts Review