The Dream Life For Adelaide Actor Tom Russell


Young Adelaide actor Tom Russell has recently landed a string of dream jobs, but in his next gig, he dreams the whole thing.

Recently co-starring with Hugo Weaving in the feature film Last Ride, Russell stars as Freddie in The Pirates Of Penzance for G&S at The Scott Theatre in May.

“I fall asleep at the beginning of the show and then sail my bed into battle amongst the pirates”, said Russell.

“I hope I get an excellent sword to play with.”

Russell’s most recent credits include the television mini-series Cloudstreet and the soon to be released films The Tree and Matching Jack.

“They shaved my head for that one. It was very cold!”

Re-imagined as a little boy’s dream, this innovative new production of Pirates leaps and bounds from scene to scene with Looney Tunes abandon.

“Last time Tom appeared with us, he had to die every night,” said director Ric Trevaskis, speaking of Russell’s critically acclaimed appearance as Gavroche in Les Misérables.

“Fortunately, this time he survives to the end of the show!”

The production team is completed by musical director Ross Curtis, choreographer Linda Williams, award-winning sound designer Matt Curtis and critically acclaimed designers Bronwen Major (costumes) and David Lampard (scenic design).

Bound as an apprentice to a life of piracy until his twenty-first birthday (on account of his nursemaid being hard of hearing), Frederic is finally released to shore and falls madly in love with Mabel, Major General Stanley’s knee-shakingly beautiful daughter.

But with a birthday that falls on the fateful twenty-ninth day of February, his contractual obligations to the piratical band are somewhat confusing. A slave to his sense of duty, Frederic finds himself in a position of personal and romantic peril.

Suffice it to say every boy gets his girl, but not before we meet a trio of Broadway belting belles, a score of bravery-challenged policemen, the whale that swallowed a Major General, a tombstone ballet and one very large octopus.

In 2010 G&S will be donating two dollars from every ticket sold to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, continuing our community partnership with the this life saving team.

The Pirates Of Penzance is playing at the Scott Theatre from May 26 to June 5. Tickets are available online at or by calling the ticket secretary on 8447 7239.

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