The Tower on Tour : Mules

by Winsome Pinnock, directed by Landé Belo

Mules

On tour to the East Coast of England :
The Seagull, Lowestoft – 9th June at 7.30
The Fisher, Bungay : 10th June at 7.30

The Corn Hall, Diss : 11th June at 7.30

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The Seagull, Lowestoft
The Fisher, Bungay

The Corn Hall, Diss

I really enjoyed the production of Mules by the Tower Theatre Company. I know the play from when I was Chief Executive at Clean Break, which originally commissioned the play from Winsome Pinnock. I joined the Company some time after the acclaimed Royal Court/Clean Break co-production in 1996 and so was pleased to see it finally at my local theatre! Congratulations to everyone for the excellent staging of this important play.

(Lucy Perman MBE [former Chief Executive of Clean Break].)


It was brilliant. Congratulations to you all.

(Winsome Pinnock)

Wanted: Women to traffic drugs.  That’s the job.  There’s cash, international travel, a chance to make it big.  Risks include violence, betrayal, incarceration, death.” 

Set in 1996, Mules is a ‘no holds barred’ tale of disparate (and at times, desperate) young women who get caught up in the international drug trade as “mules” (drug couriers), whether as a means of escaping poverty or as a way to acquire wealth and power in a world where they are excluded. 

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast

Bridie : Trudi Dane
Allie : Vanessa Tedi Wilson
Lyla / Sammie : Oyinka Yusuff
Lou / Bad Girl 1 : Tyan Jones
Olu / Bad Girl 2 : Nancy P Touzé
Rose / Pepper : Stephanie Irvine
Rog / Piglet : Saria Babiker

Production Team

Director : Landé Belo
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan
Fight Director : Richard Kirby

Stage Manager : Angelika Michitsch
Assistant Director : Isabelle Roughol
Assistant Stage Managers : Roxanne Cavanagh, Jack Pattison
Lighting Operator : Alex Papapodoulos or Nick Insley
Sound Operator : Anna Kidd
Wardrobe Assistant : Molly Stallard
Hair and Make Up : Paige Stallard
Accent Coaches : Peta Barker, Landé Belo
PR and Marketing : Simi Belo
Trudi DaneTrudi Dane is excited to be making her debut appearance with the Tower Theatre and taking on the role of Bridie. Previous acting roles with other theatre companies include Bobbie in The Audience, Pam in Just Between Ourselves, Cathy and Katherine in two different productions of Regina Monologues and Truvy in Steel Magnolias, the latter which included having to style hair and do a manicure. She has also done some voice over work for a short film, Six Sigma. Trudi is a part time Admissions Secretary in a North London Junior School. She is looking forward to getting back on the stage and working with a great cast - face to face at last!

Saria BabikerSaria Babiker’s previous acting roles include Mother Peter in Once a Catholic, various characters in The Laramie Project and Wife in Blood Wedding (with Actors Company); Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Shamima in Flint Street Nativity and Jess in Muswell Hill (with Garden Suburb Theatre); and most recently a member of the Ensemble in a new adaptation of Dracula (with Theatre in the Square). This is her first production with the Tower and she is very excited to be working with such a talented team.

Tyan JonesTyan Jones joined the Tower Theatre in 2020 and has participated in many podcasts and virtual plays since. This will be her second live performance with the company having appeared as Alice in Air as part of the Love [and Survival] Festival (July 2021). Outside of the Tower, she teaches sign language to babies and toddlers which she absolutely loves but is now desperate to launch her acting career. As she captures the attention of her little audience wonderfully the parents would agree she needs to be on stage. She is excited to finally be working on Mules with such a brilliant team and is grateful for the opportunity to play Lou.

Oyinka YusuffOyinka Yusuff is a graduate of St Mary’s University where she studied Drama & English BA joint Hons. Her theatre credits include Juniper Manor, Soultown Mansion, Love What Is The Answer (Catford Broadway), Hit Chicks (Talawa Theatre), The Dry Nation (Utopia) and ongoing script development readings (Young Vic), Dutty Wine (Arcola), We Are People Too (One Woman Play at Arcola) and Chance of Rain (Etcetera Theatre). Screen credits include Guerrilla Sky (Sky Atlantic, HBO), Humans (Channel 4), TV lead debut in TV Footballers (BENTV) and Don’t Enter (Essex Visual Arts). TV commercials include Greggs, Hitachi, Halifax, British Airways, BT & Cancer Research. Radio plays include Family First. Oyinka has strong influences from Essex where she is based and from Nigeria, her heritage.

Vanessa Tedi WilsonThis is Vanessa Tedi Wilson's first production with the Tower Theatre and she’s proud and excited to be taking on the character of Allie. Her acting experience includes roles in different fringe venues across London appearing in Witness, 909 and Romeo and Juliet. She has also been gaining screen experience through commercials and feature films as she continues to work on her craft. She is part of the National Youth Theatre and trained at Emil Dale Academy and Fourth Monkey acting training company.

Nancy P TouzéNancy P Touzé is thrilled to be cast as Olu and Bad Girl 2 in Mules and to work with Landé Belo again. This is her third production with the Tower Theatre, having appeared as Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird in 2018 and in the Tower’s February 2020 production of Sweat she worked as Dialect and Accent Coach, also featuring as a newscaster voiceover. When she’s not performing, she is still trying to save the world. Nancy currently trains at Identity School of Acting and 1956 Studios. She is signed with Smile Casting.

Stephanie IrwinStephanie Irvine got involved in theatre when she was a student in Glasgow some years ago, performing in Hamlet and The Children's Hour, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. She then had a long break from acting when she worked as a radio journalist. She discovered the Tower Theatre in 2019 when her choir was asked to sing on its production of King Charles III. She then joined Arcola Participation, performing in As You Like It and Lysistrata.

Landé BeloLandé Belo has been involved with the Tower Theatre since 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; Jellaby in Arcadia and Cynthia in Sweat. Her directing credits include Fix Up (2019) and I can’t breathe: being black in a time of Covid (part of the Love [and Survival] Festival) (July 2021). She also worked as Assistant Director on To Kill A Mocking Bird and Sweat and was previously a member of the Tower Theatre Artistic Team. During lockdown, she co-produced the Tower Theatre Podcast and directed and acted in various plays on Virtual Tower. She is an advocate of socially engaged and inclusive programming and is particularly passionate about promoting black, female voices in theatre.