Tom Burke


Tom Burke (1983 Watford, UK) is a Theatre-maker and musician.

He studied English Literature and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds from 2002-2005, with a particular interest in the devising and site-specific practices of ensembles such as Complicite, Told by an Idiot and Forced Entertainment.

Burke went on to release a series of albums with the bands Official Secrets Act and Citizens! first on One Little Indian records and then on Kitsune records. Collaborators included Alex Kapranos, Lindstrom, Liam Howe, Ettiene De Crecy, Fred Falke and Hedi Slimane.

Citizens! toured internationally with Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Tame Impala, Robyn and others. Their 2015 single True Romance and its video (We Are From La) won a number of awards and was used to develop the theme music for hit Korean movie The Beauty Inside.

Tom is interested in music and the live experience as a utopia: social; collective; traditional. Combining theatre and music he explores ways of creating alternative worlds in which one finds space to re-imagine one’s relation to the power structures rendered mundane in the everyday.

Recorded by Tom Burke for 13 steps below, University of the Underground's students podcast