by August Strindberg, adapted by Caryl Churchill.
Directed by Angelika Michitsch.
At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Running Time : 1hr 30min (no interval)
Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 February and
Tuesday 27 February – Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm.
Matinées on Saturdays 24 February and 2 March at 3pm
Is humankind to be pitied?
Who doesn’t dream? In dreams we fix things, wish for miracles, fear damnation and imagine magic. As a dream would, Strindberg’s play unpicks timelines, morphs the improbable, condenses universal experiences and evaporates reason. Absurd abstractions become logical.
In part re-imagined by Caryl Churchill, Agnes, daughter of God Indra, descends to Earth to unravel the cause of human suffering. Is Love really doomed to fail those who believe in it? What’s behind the door? Why a green bucket? You will get questions, you might find answers, and in the end perhaps see joy in accepting life for what it is.
Minjeong Kim & Fionna Monk : Agnes
Stephan Mirré : Officer
Dominic Reed : Solicitor, He
Nick Hall : Writer, Father
Nina Ali : Mother, Psychoanalyst, Lady, Victoria
Jonathan Buckingham : Billsticker, Teacher, Barrister, Prompter, He
Matt Cranfield : Quarantine Master, Scientist, Building Worker, Gent
As Richards : Stage Doorkeeper, Bishop, Lina, Edith’s Mother
Gülistan Sarbas : Kristin, Building Worker, Rich Fat Sick
Stephanie Thomson : Dancer, Rich Fat Sick, Newly-wed Wife, Edith
Tim Waghorn : Glazier, Newly-wed Husband, Inquiry Chair, Rich Fat Sick, Singer
Rosanna Preston : Blind Woman
Other parts played by members of the company.
Director : Angelika Michitsch
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Costume Design : Roxanne Ivy Roberts
Lighting Design : Alex Kampmann
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan
Video Design : Max Maxwell
Movement Director : Trinidad Prieto
Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Lighting Operator : Kaushal Ginige
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Costume assistants : Lucy Francis White, Mariana De Lima, Ebba Windman
Set construction and get-in : Matthew Adams, Max Batty, Alex Burton, Jude Chalk, Rob Hebblethwaite, Alessa Lewis, Gary O’Keefe, Wendy Parry, Fabrel Pàrraga-Michitsch, Jack Pattison, Keith Syrett, Olga Walkowska, Benedikt Winkler, Colin Guthrie, Freya Alexander and members of the cast & crew
Piano prop made & composed for : Nick Hall
Cello played by : Leo von Bülow-Quirk
Video Camera : Stephen Ley
Photography by Pau Ros
|This is Minjeong Kim’s first Tower Theatre production and her debut on the stage in the UK! She has trained at the National Youth Theatre and Drama Centre (Screen Acting). She is also a writer and she is writing her first play with the aim to put it on the stage later this year.
|Fionna Monk began acting at the age of seven, attending The Mad Red Theatre school in Norwich before acting extensively at University. She has performed several times at the Edinburgh Fringe, including as Ophelia in the critically acclaimed Ophelia Is Also Dead and toured the South of England with a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Other notable parts include Klytemnestra in Robert Icke’s Oresetia, Rosalind in As You Like It and the Girl in Us/ Them. This will be Fionna’s debut peformance at the Tower.
|Stephan Mirré joined the Tower Theatre in autumn 2023 and A Dream Play is his first production with the company. His previous theatre experiences include performing improv comedy and clowning at The Free Association and Hoopla, as well as musical theatre productions with City Academy such as The Wedding Singer, Evita and 9 to 5.
|A Dream Play is Dominic Reed’s first production with the Tower Theatre after joining the company in summer last year. He previously appeared as Josh in New Stagers’ production of The House Amongst the Willows. He gained acting experience with Hoopla, Acting Coach Scotland and the Tron Theatre Glasgow. He is also a writer, with published stories in Thi Wurd and Flash Frontier. He was shortlisted for the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize and won third prize in the 2021 Fractured Lit Flash Fiction prize.
|This is Nick Hall‘s fifth full show with the Tower, after playing Christie in Gainsborough’s Girls, Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Edward in Richard III and Captain Cat in Under Milk Wood. As Macbeth he was one of Tower’s “King’s Players” performing Shakespeare à la Carte at the British Embassy in Paris. Previously, with Jumble Theatre Company, he performed in Pieces of Home (a monologues show) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. A vocational filmmaker (and musician), Nick is currently failing to write a third feature script.
|Tim Waghorn made his acting debut last year, playing William in the Combined Actors of Cambridge’s production of Lovesong. A Dream Play is his first production with the Tower Theatre, having joined the company in October. Tim narrates and produces audiobooks professionally, and has previously performed his own stories for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. He also presented a long-running music show, Caribou Sound System, on Cam FM.
|Gülistan Sarbas completed her education at Pera Fine Arts Academy, Department of Theater Acting. She started her professional acting career with Atölye Theater and worked as an actor in Nü Kollektif and Pera Theatre. She took part in many TV series and movies in Turkey. Gülistan now continues her career in Kurdish, Turkish and English; she has been working as both an actor and an assistant director on many projects in London since moving to England in 2017. She took part in Lockdown Locked In produced by Theatreeastnbull; in 2020, Seeing the Light, in 2021-2022 The Trial and in 2023 Casablanca production produced by Seyyar Company. In 2019-2020 she was the Stage Manager for I Shan’t Perish produced by Pan Production. She also took part in the Fringe festival in 2023.
|Formerly a nurse, then lawyer and now also an aspiring actress, Nina Ali discovered a passion for acting somewhat later in life than most actors but brings a wealth of life experience to her work. She began formal acting training at ICAT in 2019 but the pandemic that took the world by storm in March 2020 brought all that to an abrupt halt and the Drama School then folded! Not a quitter or one to sit around, Nina went for it anyway performing here at the Tower Theatre as Ollie in Passing the Spoon in February 2022 and as Uma in A Doll’s House last autumn. Last year, she also played U in The Plunge at The Space and Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers.
|Matt Cranfield was last seen last year as numerous village folk in Under Milk Wood. Previously at the Tower, he’s appeared as Rockfist Slim in The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Dad in Kensuke’s Kingdom, Turing in Breaking the Code, Henry in Love, Love, Love and Lust in Doctor Faustus.
|A Dream Play is the third Tower production As Richards will have acted in and she is thrilled to have been cast in it. She appeared in the Tower’s 2023 production of Under Milk Wood and, most recently, in another Caryl Churchill play, Seagulls – one of the Tower’s Studio plays. Outside of the Tower, she has played Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and John Proctor (The Crucible) with the Park Theatre’s “Park Players” and has appeared in several Martin Murphy (Bruised Sky) productions including the award-winning Jury.
|Having joined as a member in October, this will be Jonathan Buckingham’s first production at the Tower Theatre. Prior to A Dream Play, he has been involved in a range of student productions (alongside his mathematical studies) at various theatres in Bath, Sheffield, London, Manchester and Glasgow. Roles include Tim in Holding the Man, Kulygin in Three Sisters, Young in The Tales of Poe, Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wunderland and the Husband in Blood Wedding.
|This is Rosanna Preston‘s eighth role at the Tower Theatre and she has also directed and narrated Tower productions. Elsewhere Rosanna has performed and directed at Theatro Technis, White Bear, Baron’s Court, The Pleasance, Watford Fringe Festival and others. Recently she has been an undercover actor for Kit Green’s 1133 and facilitated We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at Kew Gardens. Rosanna’s films include the Jamie T music video Between the Rocks and the TV series Psyched (in production).
|Stephanie Thomson teaches weekly dance classes at the Tower Theatre for kids aged 4- 15 years. She performed her first ever production for the Tower Theatre in 2022 as Russian Sonia in Passing the Spoon. Stephanie trained as a contemporary dancer at Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and has always had a great passion for movement and keeping the body healthy. In 2018 she achieved a level 4 Diploma in personal training and has been running her own fitness business ever since. She is really looking forward to appear in her second production at this theatre with the A Dream Play.
|Angelika Michitsch came to theatre through performing as an ensemble singer on stages large and small, including Brink Productions’ Memorial at the Barbican. In 2018 she joined the Tower Theatre and has since been involved in over 30 productions, consolidating her artistic skills across a number of areas of theatre making. A life-long autodidact, she started off as set builder, soon moved on to set design as well as stage management, even lived through an interesting stint of acting. She created a short film about the Tower, and in 2022 she co-devised/choreographed and directed her first play, Passing the Spoon. She recently directed a rehearsed reading of The Railway King. She has a great interest in the abstract and the absurd, and believes in the importance of creating new spaces aside from standards and conventions.