Cast member of the month: Tom Whitelock

Tom Whitelock in Sunny Afternoon
Photo credit: Kevin Cummins

As it’s the third month celebrating the cast of our favourite show, it seemed about time to focus on one of the band. We’ve chosen Tom Whitelock, currently starring as bassist Pete Quaife.

Tom has done a bit of screen & radio work, appearing as a regular in BBC Radio 4’s First World War drama Home Front, but has mainly focused on stage roles so far. He’s played a key role in the life of theatre company Action To The Word (including Dracula & A Clockwork Orange), as well as playing Paris in Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, and being part of the company of Faust, Love Stories and Snow Queen Trail, amongst others.

Tom Whitelock, Mark Hamill and Damien Walsh
Photo credit: @tomwhitesocks

Tom made his debut in October, taking over from Ned Derrington – and giving us a regular right-handed Pete! As I’ve said before, the rhythm section can often get overlooked, but Tom has proven himself to be an integral part of the team, with many standout moments of his own. He’s a staggeringly good bass player. Unlike Ned, he had been playing before auditioning for the role, but hadn’t been regularly playing so considered this a good opportunity to brush up his skills! I seem to remember there being one bassline that was particularly challenging during rehearsals, but you’d never realise now.

I think, without doubt, my favourite Pete moment is in the finale; I’ll never tire of hearing that Lola bassline. Especially the little solo in the bridge to the final chorus, best appreciated from table CC or B13-17! I also love his physical comedy – getting pushed off the desk in Till The End Of The Day, attempting to get out of the car and clinging to Damien as the gunshots ring out… His interview scene in the first act is always hilarious, as Pete really gets into it (though Ray is less convinced) and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, he consistently puts in an emotional performance in A Rock & Roll Fantasy.

Photo credit: @tomwhitesocks

Tom has really grown into the role, visibly developing & evolving over the past 7 months. It’s always an absolute pleasure watching him enjoy performing – I’m particularly thinking of him headbanging away throughout You Really Got Me!

We’re almost halfway through the month now, so it’s about time we learnt a bit more about our brilliant Pete. As ever, if you have any burning questions you can leave them in the comments section below – alternatively contact @SunnyAftFans on Twitter, or find the thread in our Facebook group.

Tom Whitelock
Photo credit: Kevin Cummins

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