ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Artistic Director Martin Mulgrew is pleased to announce that Angharad. Ormond has joined the Artistic Team as ome of the four Assistant Artistic Directors (AADs). (The other three AADs are Louise Bakker, Dan Usztan and Rob Ellis).
Angharad directed Kindertransport at Theatro Technis and Upstairs at the Gatehouse last year and is currently directing 1984. Angharad replaces Jacqui Marchant Adams who is standing down.
Thanks to Jacqui for all her hard work over the past year.
MESSAGE FROM THE ARTISIC DIRECTOR
End of another successful year for the Tower - and 2018 promises to be equally exciting
Martin Mulgrew writes :
We have had another busy and successful year and as 2017 ends I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work over the last 12 months. The Tower relies on everyone who takes time out of their busy lives to add to the collective talents and experience that drives the Tower on to further success.
Audience numbers are up because actors, directors, designers, stage managers, assistant stage managers, operators, photographers, publicity, front of house, box office, stewards, admin, and not forgetting the audience themselves, give up their free time and come together out of a collective love for theatre.
Looking forward to 2018 and what lies ahead ...
This year is going to be a big year for the Tower. Our spring shows are either fully cast or in the process of casting and we open at Theatro Technis on January 22nd with Frankenstein, a Gothic horror for the dark nights of winter.
Thank you to everyone who submitted pitches for the last slot in the summer season. Competition was fierce! I am delighted to announce that the lucky winner is James McKendrick whose show will be performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse between 26th - 30th June.
The summer season will be announced at an evening in the Blue Room at the Canonbury Tavern on Friday February 2nd, starting at 7.30.
Do come along and meet the directors and hear about their
shows, two of which have already been announced : The Winter's Tale and Wolf Hall. There'll also be news on future Tower plans!
We have recently trialled a new open audition scheme on three shows : Top Girls, Pravda and Nell Gwynn. A total of 111 people, both member and non-member alike, auditioned over the three shows. The scheme generated £1300 in additional income. As a result the Management Committee has agreed to trial the scheme on three more shows in the summer season : The Winter's Tale, Wolf Hall and a show that will be announced in January.
At present, there are no plans to extend the scheme, but it may be used on some of our bigger touring shows in the future subject to Committee approval.
These are exciting times for the Tower and I would encourage anyone interested in getting involved to contact either myself or a member of the Artistic Team. If you have any questions on any aspect of artistic policy or want more information about getting involved in any aspect of the Tower, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you again for all your hard work.
Here's to a creative and successful New Year!
NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
David Taylor takes up role
At its first meeting following the AGM, the newly-elected Management Committee appointed David Taylor as its Chairman.
Many congratulations to David, and best wishes for the challenges ahead!
NEW DIRECTOR FOR THE WINTER'S TALE
Annual tour to the Jardin Shakespeare in Paris
Unfortunately Lily Ann Coleman has withdrawn from directing The Winter's Tale for health reasons.
However, we are delighted to annouce that Emmeline Winterbotham has taken over. Emmeline played the part of Hermione last time we presented the show in London and Paris (pictured left), in 2001.
Audition details are here - these will be Open Auditions, so both members and non-members can audition.