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Internationally acclaimed LEO lands in TOM, aka The Old Market, Brighton and Hove

Celebrating their 3rd birthday at the beginning of May, TOM aka The Old Market in Hove actually are getting very excited about their largest show ever, LEO a spectacular dance performance starting tomorrow 17 April 2014.

TOM's 3rd birthday

Since 2011 TOM has been run by the creators of ‘Stomp’ Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, who are not surprisingly passionate about great shows.

Initially inspired by Fred Astaire's Ceiling Dance, LEO is the internationally acclaimed and touring gravity-defying one man performance.  Playing only in Brighton UK, it promises stunning visual illusion, skilled acrobatics and high tech video projection with a funny and touching storyline.

LEO has already performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in New York, Moscow and Hong Kong, where it has garnered praise and awards as jaws have collectively dropped to LEO's “off the wall” antics.

Travelling to the UK specifically for this run at TOM, LEO is the unusual journey of an otherwise ordinary man whose world becomes physically unhinged.  We first discover Leo, alone with his small suitcase, whiling away his time in a simple room.  As time passes we watch as he becomes increasingly aware that all may not be what it seems. As Leo’s reaction to his situation changes from alarm and insecurity to curiosity and eventual playfulness the audience becomes involved in his journey of discovery.

Leo exhausts himself playing within his new reality until he again realizes that he is alone. Then his suitcase offers him a totally unexpected way to make himself comfortable and at home. This path leads Leo to new unexpected adventures through worlds both ephemeral and imaginary until he finds himself, once again, alone. With his confidence now shaken, he begins to accept that he needs to break the bonds of his confinement, this room holding him hostage. In his search for release, Leo not only calls on all that has gone on before but enlists the aide of a most unlikely ally - himself.

Having explored his dreams and desires and exercised his lust for life, Leo’s final odyssey is the most important of all, a quest for freedom.

After this first performance tomorrow night the audience are invited to the launch of TOM's new membership scheme, for ‘TOM’s Friends'.

Those joining TOM’s Friends will receive a range of benefits including: 15% Discount on all ‘TOM’s’ shows and 10% off at TOM’s Bar; free cloakroom when available; and one special ‘TOM’s Friends’ event per year, exclusive to members.  The launch is free to attend and starts at 8:30 pm.  
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