Tommy Murray "A man's true character comes out when he's drunk"
Charles Chaplin

Tim Harris
Johnathon Parkins
David Sanders
Tommy Murray
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'SLOB' is a new comedy-tragic clown theatre performance that has recently been seen on tour in various forms in Spain in Valencia and Barcelona, in France in Paris and in the UK in London, Kent and Surrey raising awareness of those who are experiencing trouble in their life due to their relationship with alcohol - through the theatre...

It has been originally conceived by actor and performance maker Tommy Murray

It is a collaboration with actor and composer Jonathon Deering

SLOB's journey began in 2015 and now with Alcohol Concern the journey continued into 2016, 2017 and beyond! Throughout SLOB's journey ANYONE can donate to Alcohol Concern from this fundraising page to help the cause.



'SLOB' began to come into the light of the world in March 2015, born in comedy cabaret show in Barcelona.
He was kicked out by his wife and down in the dumps and had to find himself another woman to love him...

In 2016, 'SLOB' was seen at London's Rose Bruford College and since then he has developed more.
His outfit is different to before, now he has dirty sloppy slacks and Slob has changed his ways a little.
He has a drinking problem, and it really is a problem, his wife has left him, and his little daughter too.

He was still very much down in the dumps across a number of venues in 2017 - but what is SLOB?


"Some call him 'SLOB', some call him 'DIRT',
some call him 'DRUNK' - all of these hurt.
Raise up your glass, out on the town. Here's to 'the units of beer in a clown.'"

SLOB is a new show that meets clown, sombre singing and the topics surrounding alcohol consumption.

Performed by theatre-maker Tommy Murray it is accompanied by live music from the composer Jonathon Deering.

This work is a constant collaboration of emerging artists. Produced under the production company Theatre85.

This show promises to be a heart-warming, hard-hitting and heavy drinking journey into the 'spirit' of addiction.
Tommy and some of his collaborators have been in the company of those in need of love and help, lost to liquid.

The mission is to bring SLOB to audiences, the world over.

Spreading awareness with laughter, song and by any means possible - together with you - the audience.


Thank You!



SLOB's creator is Tommy Murray a London born, Kent bred performer, writer and theatre maker who trained in Musical Theatre at the BRIT School and in European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Tommy is currently working in Spain with a touring theatre company. During this time Tommy is developing 'SLOB' with numerous discussions, rehearsals, meetings, music, reading, research and more. One of these means is through collaboration with emerging artists, such as with the great work of composer Jonathon who has produced an original score for the production.

Jonathon Deering is an actor trained at Rose Bruford College who is also a composer.
Tommy and Jonathon met whist they were both studying Musical Theatre at The Brit School.
Deering has worked with the BFI/Hollywood/Cannes Film Festival/NFFTY/TiltShift Festival/Olivier Awards Music.

You can find more about Jonathon's work, or have a listen at
Or go to his Twitter page @DeeringJonathon and follow his work to date.


Artistic Director Tommy sees that historically alcohol and theatre are culturally linked.

Dionysus, the God of drama in Ancient Greece is also a patron of drinking and wine making.

The clown (to which Dionysus is a relation in many ways as a trickster and joker) whether in or out of the theatre played and plays an important role in society in relation to traditions and ritual, a ridiculed character who was often seen as drunk.

The rosy red cheeks of a clown, which later could be viewed as simply make up in the circus clown is perhaps rooted deeper in the appearance of alcoholism and depression, looking beyond and behind the painted smile.

This historical background and cultural examination of alcohol/theatre was the beginning.

Later the territory of Charles Chaplin (famous for his Tramp character) became an inspiration, he is known for portraying an inebriated character in the Music Hall Theatre (and later in his film The Cure) reflecting the culture of a society which in many ways is still very much present today and is relevant as a focus of the exploration.

Tommy and the team aim to uncover historical roots, exploring the culture of alcohol in the past, such as in the Music Hall theatre of the 19th century with the consumption of alcohol and musical entertainment constantly working hand in hand as it remains still in the 21st century. This relationship continues in the modern culture in theatre, at concerts, during intervals and throughout shows.

The link to Chaplin in this work is more closely linked to the way a pianist would have played to accompany silent movies before there was recorded soundtrack. Slob is followed by the sound of music, played live or recorded but it is always responding to his actions or he responds to it. It moves him, and we hope it will move you, to laughter or to tears.

Slob is a man of silence, without words, but guttural sounds escape but filled with songs and he drinks along.
He drinks alone. He drinks. Too much.

Now seems like the perfect time for 'SLOB'.
One man's story, a man who is like many people you may meet, or may know, a person in need of help, help to go on.

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Thank you for taking your time to read SLOB's page. Tommy Murray