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Thursday March 5 @ 7:30 pm

£11 – £12

Ian Hoare ably directs ... he's aided by the admirable efforts of an adept and committed cast. Both Isaiah Bobb-Semple as Chris and Nick Edwards as Jason provide accomplished and well-defined interpretations of their characters and there's good work too from the trio of female friends - Julie Arrowsmith as Tracey, Landé Belo as Cynthia and Katie Smith as Jessie. Matthew Vickers is also impressive in his depiction of barman Stan ... and I also enjoyed Carlos Fain-Binda's subtly understated and unassuming Oscar.

Peter Brown for Act Drop. Awarded 4 stars)

The Tower Theatre's beautiful space and intimate thrust stage works exceedingly well for the production. The play is further brought to life with the attention to detail to the time period ... this may be a production with a more humble budget than those of Broadway and the West End, but this allows the team to give it more focus. It’s astonishing to consider that the entirety of the cast, creative team and production team is volunteer-run. With such high-quality offers in such a pleasant space, I would recommend visiting the Tower Theatre soon.

Amy Toledano for Within Her Words

Director Ian Hoare directs the unfolding tragedy almost reverentially, clearly having a great admiration and respect for the material. Under his careful, light-touch stewardship, things move along at a good pace, and tension builds and maintains itself nicely throughout, with the sense of time and place reinforced by the Tower Theatre’s by-now customarily excellent set design and use of sound to enhance their dramas ... A strong ensemble plays out the tragic drama, with the entire cast putting in earnest and impassioned performances ... it makes for a bold and compelling night of theatre.

Christopher O'Dea-Giordano for London Theatre Reviews. Awarded 4 stars

It is the year 2000 in the Rust Belt town of Reading, Pennsylvania. With pressure mounting on the local steel industry, a diverse group of fellow workers finds close friendships and family ties torn apart as lay-offs threaten and picket lines form.

Winner of the Evening Standard award for "Play of the Year" in 2019, Sweat also earned a second Pulitzer Prize for its African-American author, Lynn Nottage, in 2017. It will have a special resonance in the year that Donald Trump seeks re-election, and there are strong echoes of the aftermath of de-industrialisation in the UK.

This production features strong language and occasional use of racial epithets which some viewers may find offensive. Suitable for an age 12+ audience.

Photography by David Sprecher


Production Team

Evan : Peta Barker
: Nick Edwards
: Isaiah Bobb-Semple
: Matthew Vickers
: Carlos Fain-Binda
: Julie Arrowsmith
: Landé Belo
: Katie Smith
: Richard Bobb-Semple

Newsreaders : Anthony Davis, Nancy Pinthieve
Director : Ian Hoare
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Rob Irvine
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk

Stage Managers : Jacqui Dickson & Roanne Insley
Assistant Directors : Landé Belo & Mark Joyce
Assistant Stage Managers : Peggy Pollard & Patrice North
Lighting Operator : Matthew Ibbotson
Sound Operator : Mark Joyce orLaurence Tuerk
Fight Director : Richard Kirby
Music Consultant : Sarah Assaf
Dialect & Accent Coach : Nancy Pinthieve
PR & Marketing : Simi Belo

Get-In and Rigging : Andy Hind, Angelika Michitsch, John McSpadyen, Keith Syrett, Phillip Ley, Rob Hebblethwaite and members of the cast & crew
Peta BarkerPeta Barker's acting credits include Ariel and Caliban (The Tempest), Iago (Othello), Mrs Yajnavalkya (Valmouth), The Voice of Audrey II - the Plant (The Little Shop of Horrors), Mbongeni (Woza Albert!), Scullery (Road), Ash (Dealer's Choice), Jack Mullen (The Weir), John (Shining City), Derek (Brighton Beach Scumbags) and Hoke (Driving Miss Daisy). Directing credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Burn This, Lysistrata, Brimstone and Treacle, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Arcadia. He was part of the Tower Team in the RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream, playing Snug the Joiner.
Nick EdwardsNick Edwards returns to the Tower stage for the first time in three years, his most recent parts being Nick in Under The Blue Sky and Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park. He has acted in and around London with Tower, KDC and Sedos, amongst other companies, most recently in KDC’s Hand To God as another Jason. Nick is really excited by the challenges posed by the role of this Jason as well as working with such a talented cast and crew. In his day job, Nick is Director of Maths in an inner-city academy.
Isiah Bobb-SempleIsaiah Bobb-Semple is excited to be taking on the dynamic character of Chris in his second Tower Theatre production after his Tower debut in Fix Up in summer 2019. He recently finished a tour of a theatre production Shadow Games, and before that appeared in a production of The Countdown at the Millfield Theatre. Most recently, Isaiah has also been gaining screen experience through short films and continues to work on perfecting his craft, having trained at The Unseen Acting School as well as at City Academy.
Matthew VickersMatthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder, Clybourne Park, An Enemy of the People, Frankenstein, Arcadia and Table. He is looking forward to playing Stan in Sweat, a most poignant play.
Carlos Fain-BendaCarlos Fain-Binda played Slender in the Tower's production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, 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 a year ago. Carlos trained at the Poor School and Central School of Speech and Drama, and enjoys going to the cinema in his spare time.
Julie Arrowsmith has been a Tower member since 2003, and her favourite roles include playing seven different characters in Two, Lady Macbeth and Mrs. Thatcher. Other Tower plays : Speaking in Tongues, Calendar Girls, Playboy of the Western World, Men of the World, Garden, Look Back in Anger, Jane Eyre, The Comedy of Errors and Hindle Wakes. By day, she is a speech and language therapist specialising in voice disorders.
Landé Belo has been involved in various Tower productions since joining in 2016. Her acting credits include : Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park; multiple characters in Doctor Faustus; Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba; Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls; and Jellaby in Arcadia. Her directing credits include: Assistant Director of To Kill A Mocking Bird, Director of Fix Up and in June 2020, she'll be directing Mules by Winsome Pinnock. She is thrilled to be working on Sweat, working with such a talented cast and crew and one of the greatest contemporary playwrights.
Katie SmithKatie Smith joined the Tower Theatre in 2013. Since then she has had acting roles in a number of Tower plays including Under The Blue Sky, An Enemy of the People, Clybourne Park and Sherlock Holmes. In the last couple of years Katie was the Assistant Director on the Tower productions of Frankenstein and Antigone, as well as directing short plays for Saw It Here First Productions and Up The Ladder Productions. Katie studied acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Richard Bobb-SempleRichard Bobb-Semple, having trained with the ELYT and Black Theatre Co-operative workshops in the early eighties performing at many well-known fringe theatre venues, returned to the stage in 2018 where he featured in The Countdown, a play dealing with the knife crime epidemic. This reignited his desire to have a career in the creative arts industry, and since then he has taken part in some short films and commercials. In 2019 he took on the lead role in the revival of Fix Up at the Tower. He has more recently completed shooting on the feature film Pastor's Wife and also completed a three week run of the Dutchman at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden.
Ian HoareIan Hoare has directed three previous shows for the Tower – Hindle Wakes (2016), An Enemy of the People (2017) and Antigone (2018). Since joining the company in 2002, he has been involved in thirty other productions, mainly as an actor. He recently appeared in Happy Days and was an Assistant Director on The Canterbury Tales.


Thursday March 5th
7:30 pm
£11 – £12


Tower Theatre
020 7353 1700


Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre Company, 16 Northwold Rd, Stoke Newington
London, N16 7HR United Kingdom
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