World Festival of Amateur Theatre – Monaco 2021

IATA Festival 2021

Reminder for submissions to the Artistic Team

Calling on all our Tower creatives!  Please do not miss out on the opportunity to be selected to attend the World Festival of Amateur Theatre which will be held in Monaco from 17-22 August 2021.   Over 12 countries are represented from all around the world and each member country is represented by one amateur theatre company, to be selected by a national committee.  The Tower Theatre would like to apply to the national committee to be selected to represent the UK at the Festival in Monaco.  This will involve presenting a piece of theatre which meets the following criteria:

  • A devised piece or material that is not subject to licence fees
  • Must “present cultural diversities through scenic forms and dramatic expressions”
  • Must not be more than 60 minutes long (including time to set up for performance)
  • Must be predominantly physical and expressive theatre (singing, dancing, music etc. as opposed to dialogue driven material) to cater for a multi-lingual audience

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To find out more about this Festival and if you are interested in representing the Tower Theatre and would like to present a piece of theatre that satisfies the above criteria, then please contact Landé Belo for more details. The deadline to send in your submission (which must include a video and photographs of your production) is 26 October 2020.

New editor for “Noises Off”

Welcome to Roxanne Cavanagh who has taken over from Ruth Sullivan as editor of the Tower’s newsletter, “Noises Off”.

Roxanne has been involved with the Tower for a couple of years, as Assistant Stage Manager on The Thrill of Love in 2019 and currently as Assistant Stage Manager on Mules. She’s also performed in two Virtual Tower shows. Roxanne works as a Marketing Manager for a university. In her spare time she is a front of house volunteer at Southwark Playhouse, and also enjoys acting, writing and improv.

Roxanne welcomes contributions about any aspect of the Tower’s activities – contact her by email.

Here we are!

A prominent banner is now gracing the outside of the Tower Theatre’s building. No excuse now for being unable to find us!

Great Gatsby Postponed to 2021

The Great Gatsby

Production at the Minack Theatre postponed until next year.

We regret to announce that the Minack Theatre has chosen to cancel their 2020 summer season and as a result the Tower will not be performing there this year.

However we are delighted to announce that we will perform The Great Gatsby at The Minack next summer (performance dates August 30th to September 3rd, 2021).

World Festival of Amateur Theatre – Monaco 2021

IATA Festival 2021

Feeling inspired to create and devise theatre? Looking for a project to get stuck into? Fancy a subsidised trip to the French Rivera next summer (we’ll just pretend 2020 never happened!)? Well look no further, as this might be for you….

The International Amateur Theatre Association (IATA) is hosting the World Festival of Amateur Theatre in Monaco in August 2021. Over 12 countries are represented from all around the world and each member country is represented by one amateur theatre company, to be selected by a national committee. Tower Theatre would like to apply to the national committee to be selected to represent the UK at the Festival in Monaco. This will involve presenting a piece of theatre which meets the following criteria:

  • A devised piece or material that is not subject to licence fees
  • Must “present cultural diversities through scenic forms and dramatic expressions”
  • Must not be more than 60 minutes long (including time to set up for performance)
  • Must be predominantly physical and expressive theatre (singing, dancing, music etc. as opposed to dialogue driven material) to cater for a multi-lingual audience

To find out more about this Festival and if you are interested in representing Tower Theatre and would like to present a piece of theatre that satisfies the above criteria, then please contact Landé Belo for more details. She would particularly encourage writers wanting to develop original material to get in touch. If the Tower Theatre is selected, this would be an exciting opportunity to showcase original work to a wider audience. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

The long road back

An update on plans for re-opening the building …

As you will have heard, on Sunday the Prime Minister announced that there will be staged lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions with the possibility of the hospitality sector re-opening around July.

We are working to bring the building and the theatre back into use as soon as this can be achieved safely. Our priority remains the safety of our members and others using the building. We will be re-opening the building in phases in line with the Government’s proposed timetable, with theatrical performances to the public being the last phase of the re-opening. We hope very shortly to announce a date upon which limited use of the building, including some rehearsals, may begin. In the meantime the Artistic Team will be consulting with all directors to discuss a proposed timetable. We appreciate your patience. If you have any questions please contact us.

Alexander Knapp (acting Chairman of the Board of Trustees)

David Taylor (Chairman of the Management Committee)

Martin Mulgrew (Artistic Director)

Planning for the future

Last week the Tower Theatre took the drastic and unprecedented step of closing its doors in order to assist in slowing the spread of covid-19, a new disease the effect of which is not yet clearly known.  The big question everyone is asking is when will I be able to get back on stage? 

The Tower works at its best when it works together and supports one another.  Going forward the Tower has one sole agenda and objective to get the theatre operating viably as soon as possible for the benefit of its members and wider audience.   This announcement is to keep you as informed as best as possible as to what steps the Tower is taking to meet that objective.  During the past week, I, along with other core teams, have been working towards re-programming the 2020/21 artistic year.  There have been discussions with individual directors as how best to achieve this objective.   

Paris 2020 – The Merchant of Venice
The cast and crew of The Merchant of Venice have agreed to cancel this show and re-schedule it for Paris 2021. I am delighted that Paris has agreed the dates for the 2021 production (30th May 21 to 7th June 21).  My thanks to Peter and his cast and crew for being understanding in this difficult situation given that they were all but ready to perform.

Minack 2020 – The Great Gatsby  The Minack management intends, where possible, to continue performing their summer 2020 artistic programme. The Great Gatsby falls towards the end of this programme (31st Aug to 4th Sept). They, along with the Tower, agree that hopefully we will be out of this current situation by the end of August. So as announced last week, The Great Gatsby will be performed at the Minack in August 2020 unless advised otherwise. We hope that rehearsals for Minack will begin later in the summer when restrictions are lifted. The director will be in touch with the cast and crew to discuss. The London run will be re-scheduled for later in the year. 

The remainder of the 20/21 artistic year To try and give directors, casts, and crews as much certainty as we can in the current climate we are discussing various options. These options will be discussed with individual directors and will be communicated to the wider membership once we have more clarity.  Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continuing patience, cooperation, and support.

Martin Mulgrew
(Artistic Director)