Tommy was originally a double-album composed by Pete Townshend and performed by The Who. A film version followed six years later in 1975. It was directed by Ken Russell and features an amazing cast of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Barry Winch, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Paul Nicholas, Jack Nicholson, Robert Powell, John Entwistle, Arthur Brown, Victoria Russell, Ben Aris and Ken Russell himself.
Tommy (Barry Winch/Roger Daltrey) is born to Nora (Ann-Margret) after his father, Captain Walker (Robert Powell), has gone off to war. Several years later, believing that her husband was killed in the war, Nora begins another relationship with Frank (Oliver Reed). Captain Walker unexpectedly returns home and catches Nora and Frank together and Tommy is severely traumatised by witnessing Frank murdering his father. Upon being told that he didn't hear or see anything, Tommy becomes apparently deaf, dumb and blind to the outside world.
Under Ground Theatre, Thu 26th Sep, 19:30.
Tickets £5, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Office.