Tom GK: Hearing Loss, The Musical!
Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den
REVIEW CRAIG MCKEOUGH
“There’s not much humour in having so many tumours.”
Fair point, Tom GK, fair point.
Yet by using and repeating this line in a catchy song about his serious, debilitating medical condition, this British performer somehow proves the opposite.
There’s humour everywhere, and a good storyteller can create an entertaining show about anything if they are willing to be honest and open up to an audience.
Tom GK (full name Gockelen-Kozlowski) does just that. He has created a stage production that recounts how he was robbed of his hearing, losing a promising music industry career as a result.
And given that background, it makes perfect sense to set the whole thing to music.
Tom was in his early 20s when he realised things were going wrong, and after some efforts to ignore the whole thing and hope it would right itself, he was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 2, a rare and at the time untreatable condition. Among other things, it came with inoperable tumours between his ears and brain.
Hearing Loss: The Musical! is a story with light and shade. Tom doesn’t shy from the dark times, and he is frank about his phases of denial and despair with the unfairness of it all.
But he has such a lightness of touch and deft way with storytelling, that it is possible to appreciate the seriousness and sadness of the situation while enjoying the show for its engaging and widely varied music and, yes, for its humour.