Meet The Old Vic 12 – Tom Barnes


On 5 December 2017 we announced The Old Vic 12 class of 2018 to the world. Consisting of writers, directors, designers, producers, composers and even a puppet maker, the group will spend the next year collaborating to create new work throughout our bicentenary year and beyond.

Each week we’ll be getting to know a different member of this talented company through 12 questions – for week five we caught up with Composer and Musical Director Tom Barnes.

1. What’s your name?

Tom Barnes

2. What do you do?

I write music for anyone who’s willing to let me out of my cage.

3. Who inspires you?

My family, my friends, my partner and RuPaul.

4. What can’t you live without?

Kitchen towel, vegetables, and coffee.

5. Theatre snacks – yay or nay?


6. Your favourite piece of trivia?

If the area of the UK was viewed as a football pitch, the amount of land that is considered ‘densely developed’ is equivalent to the small arc marked for taking a corner.

7. Last show you saw?

The Jungle at The Young Vic. It’s wonderful and the design was stunning.

8. One trick of the trade you’ve discovered

Being good to work with is more important than technical prowess.

9. Night owl or early bird?

Night owl desperately trying to convert to an early bird.

10. Your life story in one short sentence

Countryside to city.

11. In one year you will have…

The crushing pressure of being over 25.

12. Old Vic 12 in one word


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