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Travels Around My Room
July 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Freely adapted from Xavier de Maistre’s Voyage autour de ma chambre (1794), by Petra Freimund, Mandy Gordon, Ian Hoare and Simona Hughes, and performed by Dickon Farmar and Valerie Paul.
Acclaimed travel writer Michael Masterson finds himself reluctantly housebound for the duration. What is to be done? He thinks he’s found the solution: a comprehensive guided tour of his bedroom and everything in it. But what he discovers on this latest expedition is not quite what he expected….
Over 200 years later, this radical adaptation celebrates the extraordinary resonance the original holds in a post-Covid world.
Directed by Petra Freimund
Co-director – Simona Hughes
Movement Director – Mandy Gordon
At the Tower Theatre
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|Ian Hoare joined the Tower in 2002 and has been involved in more than thirty productions, mainly as an actor and, more recently, as a director. He has loved being part of the collaborative process that resulted in Travels Around My Room.|
|Petra Pandora Freimund is a London based multi-award-winning theatre, film & VR director, dramaturg, producer and editor who graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. She has worked in central Europe as well as in the UK and USA with the likes of Simon Stephens and Richard Jones. Theatre credits include Land of Scoundrels (Rich Mix), Cats, Selfies and the Scattered Mind of the Incurable Dreamer (Space Theatre), coffee.parallax.string. (Camden People’s Theatre), and Metropolis, Monte Christo, Pope Joan, I hired a contact Killer (Sommerspiele Melk, AT).|
|Mandy Gordon is an award-winning movement director and choreographer who contributes to theatre productions, animation, film and multi-disciplinary productions and installations. She creates worlds through bodies; efficiently helping actors and dancers to embody the world they are in. Her work is highly specialised and highly collaborative; enabling the pure physical power of the human body to fully embrace different physical states as is relevant to the creative vision of the work. Recent highlights include the English National Opera, The London Vaults Festival, the Barbican, Tower of London, Rise (the opening ceremony for Brent borough of Culture), and|
productions including The Cherry Orchard, Boudica, A Passage to India and new play About 500, written and directed by Simona Hughes.
|Simona Hughes completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated (with distinction) in 2019. She has been a Tower Theatre Company member for 20 years, during which time she has served on the Management Committee and both acted and directed. Directing credits at Tower include Little Nell, Brontë, Love Love Love, Table and A Passage to India. She has also directed short pieces at Theatre 503, Vault Festival, The Bread and Roses and The Pit (Barbican) and has written and directed her own play About 500, which is nominated as an OnComm finalist. Simona has also executive produced a feature film, County Lines, which was recently released on BFI player/Curzon Home cinema.|
|Dickon Farmar has appeared in seven Tower shows having last been seen as Adam in Rules for Living in 2019. Previous Tower roles include Henry Higgins in Pygmalion, Scullery in Road, Gideon in Table, Royce in The Night Heron, and Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall both in London and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Other roles include Bob Caleo in Holding The Man at The Brockley Jack, Ken Harrison in Whose Life is it Anyway?, and Krogstad in A Doll's House and the workshop of a new play About 500 that previewed at the Barbican. Film includes Collared and The Wind Cries. He has also appeared as the lead in the band Autoheart's music video for My Hallelujah. He is also a writer and is currently working on his third play.|
|Valerie Paul trained at Identify Drama School and The Actors Centre. She studied in The Meisner Technique with Dominique Gerrard. Val has appeared in 3 productions with the Tower : Table, Fix Up and part of a Virtual Tower evening, The Bathroom Test. Her most recent film/tv credits including adverts for Dunelm, Lidl and HCA. She will also be appearing in Reggie Yates feature directorial debut film Pirates in cinemas soon!|