A message from Artistic Director, Martin Mulgrew
I am delighted that Allan Stronach, who last directed for the Tower in 2013 (Goodnight Mr Tom at the Bridewell) will be returning to direct the season opener, Terry Johnson’s Dead Funny. The death of Benny Hill provides the impetus for this award-winning comedy about impotence, sex therapy and the English sense of humour. “A shatteringly good play, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking …” (Daily Telegraph). Dead Funny opens on Wednesday 25th September and runs until Saturday 5th October.
We move swiftly from comedy to a real life tragedy in Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore (Wednesday 9th October to Saturday 19th October). The play tells the tragic tale of Alan Turing, instrumental in shortening the Second World War by breaking the German Enigma code subsequently prosecuted for committing consensual homosexual acts. I am delighted that Mike Nower makes his Tower directorial debut.
Dan Usztan, who directed Wolf Hall last year, returns with Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit; this runs from Wednesday 23rd October to Saturday 2nd November. Charles Condomine’s dabbling in the occult results in hilarious consequences when Madame Arcati, a fraudulent medium, accidentally summons the ghost of Charles’ ex-wife, Elvira, who then sets about sabotaging his current marriage to his second wife, Ruth.
The next production is Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen Of Leenane (Wednesday 6th November to Saturday 16th November). Colette Dockery, who last directed Blue/Orange Upstairs At The Gatehouse in 2018, returns to direct this darkly comic tale. Set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway, The Beauty Queen of Leenane tells the story of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag her manipulative ageing mother whose interference in Maureen’s first and potentially last loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that is as gothically funny as it is horrific.
Last, but by no means least, John Chapman will be directing Rules For Living by Sam Holcroft. What happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas? As long-held mechanisms for survival are laid bare, even Mum, who’s been preparing this lunch since last January, becomes embroiled. Long-held rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct. Rules For Living runs from Wednesday 27th November until Saturday 7th December.
Watch out also for Phil Ley’s production of Paradise – a Rock’n’Roll Fable being performed in November by students of the Anna Fiorentini Stage School.
Audition Notices are here – good luck to all the auditionees. And if you are interested in being part of the production team for any of these productions please contact Jude Chalk via the Tower Office.
And looking further ahead, I am now inviting pitches for the Spring 2020 season.If you wish to be considered for a directing slot, please email me with three play choices in order of preference. Your choices should include a short synopsis of the play, why you wish to direct it and the cast breakdown (M/F, ethnicity etc).