by Matthew Barber.
Wednesday 29th April – Saturday 2nd May
and Tuesday 5th May – Saturday 9th May
At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Directed by John McSpadyen.
“To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine. Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy. To be let for the month of April. Cook, gardens, ocean view. Reply Box 11”…
London, 1922. Lotty Wilton and Rose Arnott, two middle-class London housewives, read the same advertisement in The Times. They are frustrated and unhappy with their lives and with their husbands, but for very different reasons. Together they plan a holiday that is part adventure, part escape. Joining them to share costs are Lady Caroline Bramble, a beautiful ‘modern’ tired of the burden of London society, and Mrs Graves, an elderly widow who clings to her past. Arriving in Italy, the four women initially experience tension between themselves. However, they find rejuvenation and common ground in the tranquil beauty of their surroundings, rediscovering hope & love as its magic works upon them…
|Lotty Wilton : Katherine Kennet|
Rose Arnott : Ailsa Dann
Lady Caroline Bramble : Emily Carmichael
Mrs Graves : Rosanna Preston
Mellersh Wilton : James Killeen
Frederick Arnott : Pauk Isaacs
Anthony Wilding : Tony Sears
Costanza : Anna Dimdore
|Director : John McSpadyen
Set Design: Max Batty
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design: Andrew Peregrine
Sound Design: Robert Irvine
|Katherine Kennet is excited, much like her character, to be part of the Enchanted April enterprise. This is Katherine's third production with the Tower Theatre; having been in the cast of Henry V and Talk Radio. She is currently the Assistant Director for the Tower's forthcoming production of London Wall. Previously Katherine was heavily involved in her university musical theatre and drama groups as cast, director and choreographer. When not in the theatre Katherine works as a doctor in the NHS.|
|Enchanted April is Ailsa Dann's third production with the Tower Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Henry V and Trainspotting. Ailsa has trained with City Academy and undertaken classes and workshops with Central School of Speech & Drama, RADA and the Almeida Theatre. When not acting, she can be found producing videos as an editor in academic publishing. Ailsa has also appeared in Visitors with the Woodhouse Players and Buckets with the City Academy Actors Company.|
|A new decade brings production number ten for Emily Carmichael with the Tower. Her last two outings here - ensemble drama Table and a devised telling of The Canterbury Tales - saw her multi-roling, singing and performing her beloved physical theatre. She'll continue in a similar vein with another devised piece, Vampir, at the South London Theatre this October. Before then, she'll also be playing Martha in Cranford, with performances at Theatro Technis and the Minack respectively. By way of getting method for Lady Caroline, Emily will take any opportunity in the interim for a gin and a jolly good lounge about.|
|Rosanna Preston returned to acting in 2018 and has been making up for lost time since then. This is her fifth production at the Tower after appearing in Henry V, Pygmalion and Rules for Living and working as Assistant Director on The Thrill of Love. She is delighted to be working again with John McSpadyen and so many of the Henry V cast. Elsewhere Rosanna recently directed Visitors for the Woodhouse Players, featuring the lovely Ailsa Dann. Rosanna is Actor/Creative Producer with Reusable Theatre who use theatre to inspire people to take action over the Climate Emergency.|
|James Killeen is delighted to be returning to Tower after a few years' absence, following previous appearances in The Trial, Terrorism, Sons of Paradise and Chancers. Having trained at the City Lit, other theatre credits include Tom in Tom and Viv, Max in Bent, Chorus in Henry V, and most recently, Trigorin in The Seagull and Macduff in Macbeth with the Woodhouse Players. James's varied back catalogue also includes voiceovers, televised play readings, panto dames, murder mystery events, and many, many dreadful short films such as The Adventures of Dirk Laser, although the recent Box Office Smash bucked the trend by actually being quite good.|
|Last seen playing Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall, Paul Isaacs has previously appeared for the Tower in The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Loot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Slab Boys. Appearances with other companies include The Little Dog Laughed and The Pride (both SLT), Platonov and A Woman of No Importance (both with Acting Gym workshop), Hansel and Gretel (Colour House Theatre) and theatre in education work in Spain.|
|Anna Dimdore's previous appearances for the Tower were as Hostess Quickly/Captain Gower in Henry V, Karen in Jake's Women, Jane in Speaking in Tongues and Loretta and Edith in Chalet Lines. She also directed Foxfinder and was Assistant Director on Telstar.
For other groups she has directed Twelfth Night and Dinner and co-directed The Memory of Water. Off stage she also makes occasional forays into costume and set design and publicity.
|This will be Tony Sears' first appearance at the Tower. Tony trained at the Questors Theatre in Ealing and has since been involved in productions there. His acting credits include Ed (Future Conditional), Lord Fancourt Babberly (Charley's Aunt), David/Albert/Julian (Table), Tony (Days of Significance) and Redcoat (Pride and Prejudice). Tony has also been in short excerpts of The Birthday Party, The Wonderful World of Dissocia and Breathing Corpses. After the show, Tony can be found in the bar hoping someone will buy him a drink.|
|Since joining the Tower in 2002, John McSpadyen is now in his 30th year as a Tower member, having been an ASM, SM, sound/ lighting operator, set designer, actor and director. He has been onstage in (amongst others) Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Factory Girls, Translations, Dealer’s Choice, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, Farragut North, Hindle Wakes, Pravda and Harvey. His productions as director include Copenhagen, Faith Healer, The Constant Wife, Bash, Speaking in Tongues, Farewell to the Theatre and Henry V. John is also a regular member of the build team for Sunday get-ins.|