The Boy who fell into a Book

by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by John Chapman.

We want our audiences to feel as safe as possible and we understand that not everyone is ready to return to full capacity in our venue so the performance on Saturday 22nd October at 2.00 will be socially-distanced. This means we will operate with reduced capacity, spaced seating and our FoH volunteers will wear face coverings. Audience members are asked to wear masks unless they are exempt.

The performance on Sunday 23rd October will be a relaxed performance.
A Relaxed Environment performance is perfect for anyone who benefits from being able to make a noise, leave and return to their seat or access the toilets during the performance. This would include customers with dementia, anxiety, Tourette’s, bowel and bladder conditions, an autism spectrum condition or learning disability.
This Relaxed Environment performance has no adaptations made to the performance itself so may not be suitable for customers with sensory sensitivities.

How can I go to sleep in the middle of a story?”

The Tower’s family show this year celebrates the power of both the printed word and the imagination as young Kevin takes an epic journey through the volumes on his bookshelf

“This is for anyone who ever secretly read under the bed clothes as a child and who has ever been captivated by a story in a book “ (Alan Ayckbourn)

Young Kevin takes an epic journey through the volumes on his bookshelf while trying to solve the riddle of Rockfist Slim and the Case of the Green Shark. Alan Ayckbourn’s exuberant show for the whole family celebrates the power of the printed word and the wonders of the imagination.

Alan Ayckbourn has written a number of  family shows which are frequently thematically linked to one of his ‘adult’ plays. The Boy who Fell Into A Book directly inspired his later play Improbable Fiction – which, not by coincidence, the Tower is producing directly after the run of this show.


Kevin : James Forth
Rockfist Slim : Matt Cranfield
Ensemble : Rachel Berg, Carlos Fain-Binda, Brian Lyons, Lucy Moss

Production Team

Director : John Chapman
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Movement Director : Nevena Stojkov

Stage Manager and Assistant Director : Laura Corkell
Creative Consultant : Matthew Ibbotson
James ForthJames Forth is a 23 year old northerner who graduated two years after studying Drama and Theatre. He's performed in shows including Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Les Misérables. He joined the Tower Theatre in January; The Boy Who Fell Into A Book will be his first show with the company and he's so excited to be playing Kevin!

Matt CranfieldThi is Matt Cranfield's second Tower family show, having played Dad (along with a bit of puppetry) in Kensuke's Kingdom last year. Previous Tower credits include Turing in Breaking the Code, Henry in Love, Love, Love and Lust in Doctor Faustus.

Rachel BergRachel Berg trained as a professional dancer in Covent Garden at the West Street School. As a dancer and choreographer her 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 join her local theatre group, Garden Suburb Theatre. Having performed in many amateur productions over the past 10 years a highlight was to play 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. Post pandemic and it's time to open the theatrical box again, or this time should we say "Toy Box"? Previous productions for the Tower include Nell Gwynn, Frankenstein, The Winter’s Tale and The Seagull.

Carlos Fain-BindaFor the Tower Carlos Fain-Binda> played Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Oscar in Sweat. During lockdown, he was appeared in seberal Virtual Tower events. Elsewhere, he played Kiligrew the pirate in Putney Theatre's production of Treasure Island, and was an extra in several short films, TV series and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He had stage-managed and acted before joining the Tower. Carlos trained at the Poor School and Central School of Speech and Drama, and enjoys going to the cinema in his spare time.

Brian LyonsBrian Lyons is an acting member of the Tower and a latecomer to the world of theatre. He began his acting experience for the first time by writing for and acting the lead role in the Arcola Theatre production of Dissenting Adults in March 2018. Since then he wrote his own play See Me Jimmy, which he performed at several scratch nights in different London theatres. The full play was later showcased at the Playground Theatre.

Lucy MossLucy Moss is a playwright, director and actor. She was most recently seen in Nine Night, and before that Mules, both at the Tower Theatre. Online, she played Mother in Vitual Tower's award-winning zoom play adaptation of Metamorphosis, and she created the audio-drama Five Women with Angharad Ormond and Colin Guthrie. She co-wrote The Canterbury Tales adaptation and has appeared in a variety of other shows, including two different productions of The Seagull in 2018, where she played Irina each time. When not on stage, she assists with costume and make-up.

John ChapmanJohn Chapman has appeared in/directed over 150 productions and had a long association with the works of Alan Ayckbourn. Somewhat of a “latecomer” to Tower Theatre he debuted as Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (2012) and has since been in another dozen or so Tower productions. Most recently he flew solo in Krapp’s Last Tape. In 2016 he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation. His previous Tower directing jobs have been with Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce and the riotous Rules For Living by Sam Holcroft. During lockdown he set up and co-ordinated the company’s online initiative, Virtual Tower, producing over 30 evenings of entertainment. He also spent far too much time watching and reviewing online theatre for his syndicated blog 2nd From Bottom. He is looking forward to getting back to onstage directing with his first full family oriented show.