Detailing the many instances of one finding a metaphorical thorn in their side, Tom Jordan's first came when he was five. From discovering he had lymphoblastic leukaemia, Thorn explores the wavering extents to which we, as humans, explain our lives in a universe abundant with complexities.
Though sermon-like at times, Thorn was a refreshing take on how flexibly one can incorporate religion into their lives
Drawing on his religious convictions, Jordan emphatically delivers his perspective of the subject. Speaking as himself, as well as portraying friends and family members, the versatility shown in the anecdotes of this production suitably fit the differing perspectives that so regularly accompany the subject of religion.
In just one of many, Jordan explains that his decision at eighteen to leave his small home-city in Queensland, Australia for the metropolis that is Sydney, didn't come without its fair share of snags. His bedroom being nothing more than a kitchen floor and the return of his leukaemia at the age of twenty-two inevitably made him question the purpose of his existence. Further upset came with him dejectedly expressing how he only had two sermons under his belt after finishing Bible School. However, the gain that suddenly surpassed this pain came in the form of him now having 300 sermons to his name, as well as making many appearances on national television espousing his views. This couldn't help but make the audience glad of his success, and at only 25 as well!
Though sermon-like at times, Thorn was a refreshing take on how flexibly one can incorporate religion into their lives and for some, this performance could well be another of those life-defining moments.