Just a reminder, the Tower has a two-step audition process: first, become a ‘Friend‘ and audition for the Acting Company, and if you’re successful, you can then upgrade your subscription to a ‘Member’ and audition for any of our shows thereafter. More details on our Auditions page!
Join us at the Tower for our first-ever pop-up cinema. Taking place over two weekends – 24th to 26th January, and 30th January to 01 February, we’re showing a wide range of great films for all ages. Seats are limited so buy your tickets here now!
The Tower is delighted to announce that it has secured funds from grants and donations to install a lift in the theatre building, and the first stage of work is under way. The builders are now on site so you will find areas blocked off to keep the work site safe. Their first job is to demolish the small corner cubicles in the first floor and the ground floor Gents toilets. They will then build a lift shaft from the basement upwards, widen the openings into the main building and fit out the lift lobbies. This work will take about 8 weeks and the contractor is aware that we have a working building with rehearsal and performances on most evenings. However, your understanding and co-operation is requested because there will inevitably be some noise and dust in the process.
The second stage is to install the lift itself (that’s to be done by a separate contractor). There still a shortfall in the money to pay for this so now is your chance to make sure that we can finish things off properly. We’d be delighted to receive your contributions : please contact the Tower Office (or just drop them a cheque!).
“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.”
Auditions for Mules will take place on 10, 12, and 14 March at the Tower Theatre – for more information, please see the audition notice here, RSVP, and submit your contact and other details via the online form.
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 drug couriers or “mules”, whether to escape poverty and victimhood or to acquire wealth and power in a world where they are systematically excluded.
Mules was commissioned by Clean Break Theatre Company and premiered at the Royal Court Upstairs in April 1996. Winsome Pinnock is an award-winning British playwright, described in The Guardian as “the godmother of black British playwrights”.
This Wednesday saw a huge milestone being reached by long term performer on the Tower stage Tom Tillery. It was 60 years to the day since he stepped out to play a Venetian Lord in Othello in a 1959 production. Tom’s appearance in Tower’s latest show, Sam Holcroft’s Rules for Living marks his 170th production.
After the show’s curtain call Artistic Director, Martin Mulgrew, stepped forward to congratulate Tom on his many years with the company and to present him with a commemorative plaque. Company chairman, David Taylor, also presented Tom with a framed photo of some of his many roles. Tom joked, “I’ll leave it in my will”. The cheering audience rightly gave the veteran actor a standing ovation.
Rules for Living has had incredible reviews and outstanding comments from the audience. So do try and catch Tom in his Diamond Jubilee performance which plays until December 7th.
The next Tech Team event will be in the Tower Theatre Bar on Tuesday 7th January from 7.00pm. Come and meet other new members – and those not so new!
There will be people from Costumes, Props, Stage Management, Lighting, Sound and Set on hand who can talk to you about their experiences in these areas of the theatre and what each role entails when we’re working on a show. We’d like to find out what you’re interested in doing and learning about and how we can help you to get involved.
The Tower’s current production of “Beauty Queen…”, directed by the formidable Colette Dockery, continues to get rave reviews:
“[T]his production…demonstrates a theatre company with a revitalised energy, settling into its new home with…plays that show a level of ambition on which the company is determined to deliver” Read more at Cultural Capital