Tomara’s still hitting high notes

Tom Adams with his trophies and (inset below) as his alter ego Tomara last year
Tom Adams with his trophies and (inset below) as his alter ego Tomara last year

A FLAMBOYANT schoolboy who became a national sensation after performing in drag has scooped a performing award for the second year running – despite having the added obstacle of his voice breaking.

Tom Adams appeared in the Hartlepool Mail, national newspapers and on breakfast television last year describing how he loves to perform dressed in glamorous costumes.

The Manor College of Technology pupil, now 15, embraced the idea of donning silky garments, wigs, stockings and make-up to dress up as his alter ego Tomara.

Tom is now jumping for joy having successfully defended his British Senior Song and Dance Champion title after competing in drag and performing the hit ‘I Am What I Am’ from the classic musical Le Cage Aux Folles.

It was a repeat of his performance from last year, in Blackpool, but this time the Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts student had to work extra hard as his voice is breaking.

He has been helped to overcome this by performer Peter de Dee, dad of academy principal Debbie Barrass.

Tom, who lives in Irvine Road, Owton Manor, with mum Sharon, 42, and sister Sarah, 21, said: “It just feels fantastic to have won.

“My voice is breaking, but Peter has been helping me to sing lower and it sounds a lot different.”

Tom, whose dad Jason, 42, is self-employed, now plans to start auditioning for places at stage schools.

He had previously described how his passion for performing had attracted the attention of bullies.

But Tom added that this seemed to have died down and he believes people have accepted what he does.

Debbie Barrass said: “Tom was one of the youngest ever to win this title last year and now he won it for the second year running.

“He has had trouble with his voice breaking, but it’s better that it is breaking as he will be able to play with it more professionally, it sounds brilliant.

“To take the title twice, I am very proud of him.

“He lives and breathes performing arts - he was just born for the stage.”