The Seagull  
The Seagull

by Anton Chekhov, in an adaptation by Michael Frayn

Directed by Julia Collier

Evenings at 7.30
Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th November and Tuesday 13th - Saturday 17th November
Matinées at 3.00
Saturdays 10th and 17th November

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


Written as a "comedy", The Seagull is about a group of people on a family estate in Russia. Chekhov's writing heralded a new form of drama and became highly influential in the evolution of dramatic writing (with character becoming more important than plot) but his melding of naturalism and symbolism creates an ethereal dimension. At its heart, it's a study of people and human nature : frustrated lives, ambition, unrequited love and destruction, set against the backdrop of nature and the passing of time.

Photography by Ruth Anthony

Cast List

Arkadina : Lucy Moss
Konstantin : Dominic Chambers
Sorin : Jonathan Norris
Nina : Rachael Harrison
Shamrayev : Richard Pedersen
Polina : Jill Davy
Masha : Sarah Evans
Trigorin : David Hankinson
Dorn : Nigel Oram
Medvedenko : Christian Dapp
Yakov : Alistair Maydon
Maid/Cook : Sarah Wenban
Maid : Rachel Berg

 

Production Team

Director : Julia Collier
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Phillip Ley

Stage Manager : Lauren Turner
Assistant Director : Alistair Maydon
ASMs : Holly Spice, Sarah Dunworth
Assistant to the Lighting Designer : Paola Capuano
Movement : Lindsay Royan



Lucy Moss came back to acting only recently; her career started playing the Mayor of Emerald City at school, and then the Nurse in Macbeth and Mum in Zigger Zagger. At university she stuck to the stage makeup side of things, too scared to tread the boards. Three years ago she took a chance on an audition for the Governor in Woodhouse Players' production of Chamber Piece, got the role, and hasn't looked back since. Lucy was born and raised in North London and loves having a theatre on her doorstep.
 
Dominic Chambers has joined the Tower Theatre earlier this year and appeared as Florizel in The Winter's Tale. He has a strong background in theatre having been involved in over 15 productions, and since graduating from King's College London with a degree in English, he has pursued his passion for film appearing in a number of short films. Previous credits include Jimmy in Look Back in Anger at the Rag Factory, Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Questors' Theatre, and Face in The Alchemist Upstairs at The Gatehouse.
Over his 24 Tower Company years, Jonathan Norris has been involved in over sixty productions - whether as actor (Thomas Boleyn in Wolf Hall, Inspector Hubbard in Dial M For Murder, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion), music-directing (A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls), or writing and/or playing musical additions on keyboard or trombone. He has recent happy memories of playing Ernest in Bedroom Farce and of arranging and Music-Directing Nell Gwynn in December. He and his wife Ruth now live spookily close to the wonderful new Tower Theatre in Stoke Newington - handy for their daytime jobs as Administrators of the Company.
 
This is Rachael Harrison's first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Previous credits include One p*ssed off Renter (Battersea Arts Centre), Scandalous (Leicester Square Theatre), The House of Macabre (King's Head), Circa (touring), Henry V, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Night's Dream (all at Winchester Theatre Royal) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Windsor Globe).
Richard Pedersen has been a Company member for almost 30 years and acted in the last play performed at the old Tower Theatre in Canonbury. He is delighted to be performing in the first season at the new theatre. Despite acting for over 50 years he has never, until now, performed in a Chekhov play. He last appeared on stage as an Orcadian crofter in Frankenstein and he stage managed the recent Paris tour of The Winter's Tale.
 
Jill Davy played Bev and Kathyin the Tower's production of Clybourne Park in 2016. Other showsinclude Breathing Corpses, The Science Experiment, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, The Great Santa Kidnap, The Haunting of Hill House, Up Pompeii, The 101 Dalmatians, Kindly Leave the Stage and a variety of resort residential shows and musicals, theatre in education and panto tours.
This is Sarah Evans's fourth Tower show, having previously played Beatrice in Much Ado Abut Nothing, Rosalind in As You Like It and Lisa in Jump to Cow Heaven. Other shows include Boeing Boeing and House / Garden with SEDOS, Blackbird (Una), After Mrs Rochester (Ella) and Spring Awakening (Wendla). Sarah also has a theatre company and has produced, directed and choreographed musicals Fame and Footloose.
 
David Hankinson trained at The Oxford School Of Drama with a scholarship from Michael Codron, the legendary theatre producer who saw future stars in Joe Orton and Harold Pinter. So far, David has proved that even Codron doesn't always get it right (there's still time) but he has enjoyed an occasionally successful career as an actor. His favourite role was Algernon in a UK tour of The Importance Of Being Earnest but the credit on his CV that breaks the ice at parties is the one that says "Dalek Operator in Doctor Who from 2005 to 2008". This is David's second production for the Tower, following his performance as power-hungry MP Michael Quince in Pravda.
Nigel Oram has appeared in six previous Tower productions (Farragut North, Othello, Doctor Faustus, The Importance of Being Earnest, An Enemy of the People and Pravda). He has also stage managed (Clybourne Park) and operated sound and/or lights (Major Barbara, Travesties, Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Mother's Day, Charley's Aunt and The Night Heron). He will operate lights for the forthcoming Tower production of Table and will also form part of the ensemble cast in King Charles III at the Tower Theatre in January 2019.
 
Alistair Maydon most recently was in the cast of Wolf Hall making his first trip to the wonderful Minack Theatre. He is excited to be involved in the first season at the new Tower Theatre.
The is Sarah Wenban's second show for the Tower Theatre; she appeared in The Winter's Tale earlier this year. After training at the Brockley Rise Centre and the City Lit, her theatre roles included Doll Common in Playhouse Creatures, Florence Boorman in Her Naked Skin and Topcliffe in 5/11 (all at Network Theatre). She most recently portrayed Mam in Say Something Happened for Network Theatre at the Vaults Festival and Maggie in Watertight for The Platform at the Bread and Roses Theatre.
 
Rachel Berg trained as a professional dancer. Her dance career took her all over the world, with highlights including Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road Studios, York Minster, KoKo in Camden and the inside of a hot air balloon to mention only a few. Whizz forward a decade and two sons later, Rachel decided to reopen the theatrical box. Having performed in many amateur productions over the past 5 years she recently played Cathy in The Regina Monologues at the Gaiety Theatre, for which she received an award for Best Actress at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation Festival. This will be her third production with the Tower Theatre and she feels she's bringing a wealth of experience to the role as a domestic servant in The Seagull having previously played Yvette from 'Allo 'Allo, Mrs Bedwin in Oliver and Gretel the house keeper in the Tower's production of Frankenstein. Always the Maid and never the Mistress ... let's see ...
Julia Collier is a trained actress and vocal coach. For the Tower, her last performance was in Pravda last year; she has also been involved with Wardrobe and the voice work on a number of plays. She also writes plays and is a sketch comedy performer. Her recent credits include Sex, Spies and Streaming at this year's Camden Fringe and appearing as a Bond baddie in a comedy play about James Bond's daughter, Martini Bond! This is her directorial debut with the Tower (although she's directed a number of pantomimes in Soho for a community group).