The Artistic Team is pleased to announce plans for the Autumn
We’re thrilled to announce the first full season of our Artistic Directorship. Our aim is to welcome back productions that were postponed due to the pandemic as well as offering opportunities for other actors and creatives, and we’re really grateful to returning directors Peter Foster and Landé Belo for keeping their casts and crews together over the past year.
Continue reading Autumn Season Announced!
Call Out for Directors
With our Autumn Season confirmed we are seeking pitches from directors for remaining slots in Spring/Summer 2022 and beyond. Directors are invited to submit pitches for any show at any time. To help with the process, we have designed a new Directors Pitch submission form
We also have secured the rights for a number of plays hand-picked by the AD team for which we are seeking directors. If you would like to consider any these plays, or discuss an idea before submitting, please get in touch.
Minack and Paris 2022
We will be announcing our Paris and Minack tours very soon.
Opening Up – a collection of new pieces
Curated by David Taylor
As we reopen our doors and welcome you back to live theatre, we invite you to come and enjoy our short programme of five new plays. With secrets half hidden and some surprise discoveries, each piece is beautifully presented by Tower actors, telling us stories of other people with their own versions of opening up.
Performances will run from Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th June; there are a limited number of tickets available so book your tickets now!
Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid
A festival to reflect on how we’ve survived the past year and celebrate our re-emergence taking place over four weeks, in a mixture of outdoor and indoor venues, from Friday 25th June – Sunday 18th July.
We have received an incredible array of short plays and monologues, plus artwork and workshop plans ranging from puzzles to paper flowers and so we’re now able to announce the full schedule for the festival. Auditions have been held and casting will be announced soon.
We are also thrilled to bring you news of the another venue to complete our trio of festival stages – The Old Church on Church Street, which has recently constructed a beautiful covered outdoor space in Clissold Park. This joins the Arcola Outside in fulfilling our aim of offering performers and audiences the chance to create and view theatre in an outdoor, and therefore highly ventilated, auditorium.
A small team has been busy preparing our theatre for reopening. Plans were made when there seemed to be an opportunity for live performances last autumn and although the proposals were put on hold, the necessary works to make the theatre safe were put in place. The measures included simple things like placing hand sanitisers in strategic places, buying a thermometer and deciding that plastic tickets would not be issued. More structural things like putting perspex screens around the lighting and sound desks, fitting dividing screens in the dressing room and increasing backstage ventilation, have also been carried out. The theatre itself will be configured to allow audience members to distance themselves which will limit capacity to 50 at each performance – a good reason to book ahead!
Crucial to making our audience and members feel safe will be the procedures put in place by our front of house teams led by Jude Chalk. Their job will be to make sure that social distancing can be maintained and the Smith Studio will be put into use as a social space for pre-show drinks.
Keeping people safe as we welcome them back into the theatre is our top priority.
The Artistic Team said :
It is so exciting to think that after more than a year we can start to use our building again! Virtual Tower has been a great way of keeping us going but the live experience is one that has been missing for too long. We are thrilled to be able to welcome the Tower family back to its home again. See you in June!
Simona, Angharad and Ruth
The Tower Theare’s Artistic Team
Get in touch : [email protected]
In addition to ‘Virtual Tower’ evenings, there are three regular online events.
While we’re delighted now to be able to meet in real life, we are still pursuing our theatrical interests online as well …
Continue reading Our Monthly Programme of Online Events
17th March 2021 was the one year anniversary of the day we closed our building due to Covid.
To thank all Friends and Members who have continued to support us throughout this difficult period, everyone who has renewed their subscription between 17th March 2020 and 17th March 2021 will automatically receive a free full year extension.
Two years for the price of one!
For example, if your membership would normally expire in July 2021 it will be extended for free until July 2022.
Due to Covid restrictions, we have been unable to provide our usual range of services to Members and Friends. Last year the Management Committee decided to extend subscriptions (Members and Friends) automatically after lock-down for those who continued to support us.
Here are a couple of examples of how the scheme works:
- If you paid your annual subscription just after lock down started on 20th March 2020, your expiry date will be 20th March 2022 instead of 20th March 2021 – giving you a free years membership.
- If you paid your annual subscription just before lockdown started on 15th March 2020 you would have been due to renew on 15th March 2021. If you did renew on 15th March 2021, your membership expiry data was automatically extended from 15th March 2022 to 15th March 2023 – again giving you a free years membership.
This mechanism ensures all members and friends will be treated in exactly the same way and everyone will receive one whole year free subscription irrespective of the point in the year at which they pay their subscriptions.
We are grateful for all the support we have received and if anyone wishes to pay as usual between 17th March 2021 and 17th March 2022, we will gratefully receive the subscription as a donation.
Virtual Tower goes from strength to strength! We’re delighted to announce that the recent production of Metamorphosis in Lockdown (by Franz Kakfa, adapted by Angharad Ormond, Ian Hoare and Paul Graves) has been nominated for an OnComm award – an award scheme for online productions.
Continue reading Virtual Tower wins OnComm nomination
More information is now available about plans for the Tower’s exciting new project for a planned mini-festival as soon as the theatre reopens.
It’s an opportunity for Tower Members and Friends, and the local community, to share and celebrate the stories and conversations of our lives over the past year.
Find out all about it here.
Martin Mulgrew steps down
After seven years on the Artistic Team, including four as Artistic Director, Martin Mulgrew has stepped down from the post.
Rather than having a single Artistic Director, as in the past, the Management Committee has appointed a team of three to take over from Martin. This comprises Ruth Sullivan, Simona Hughes and Angharad Ormond. They say :
We are honoured to have been appointed as an Artistic Team, taking over from Martin and the excellent job he and his AADs have done in leading the company’s artistic direction over the last four years, and in particular overseeing the transition period as we moved into our new home. We know we have a huge task ahead, with our first challenge being to help the company recover from the impact of the pandemic and supporting all directors and casts that were due to perform last year. We are keen to create a range of opportunities to reconnect with all our Members and Friends, and will spend the first few weeks of our tenure mapping out our plans for the months ahead. We are also developing our vision for the future, when the pandemic is behind us, with lots of exciting new initiatives that will help the company grow and blossom. We look forward to sharing more with you very soon.
Martin Mulgrew writes : “It has been an honour and privilege to have helped shape artistic policy for the best part of a decade. I would like to thank all those who have been members of the Artistic Team over the time I have been Artistic Director.
The Tower is a special place and it is terribly sad to see the current situation theatre faces but I have no doubt next year the Tower will bounce back even stronger.
My successor inherits a number of productions for which we already hold the rights which will see us well into 2021. I look forward to seeing them and wish my successor all the very best for the future”.
David Taylor (outgoing Chairman of the Tower’s Management Committee) writes : “Martin has done a great job for the Tower Theatre over many years. He and his artistic team have programmed a terrific variety of plays which have entertained and challenged us in many ways but especially in leading the company into its new home.”
The Tower Theatre AGM for the year 2019/2020 took place on Tuesday 12th January via Zoom. This was delayed from last autumn in the hope that if we waited we might have been able to hold the meeting in person in the theatre, government restrictions having been lifted. Unfortunately, this was not possible and in order to meet the statutory requirement to hold an AGM within 15 months of the last one the meeting was held on Zoom, with about 60 members attending.
Continue reading Tavistock Repertory Guarantors Limited (Tower Theatre) AGM 2019-20