Port Authority

by Conor McPherson

Port Authority

Friday 26th November – Saturday 4th December
Performed in repertory with Escaped Alone by Caryl Churchill

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Directed by Allan Hart

Buy Tickets :
Thursday December 2nd at 19.30
Saturday December 4th at 15.00

We want our audiences to feel as safe as possible when visiting the Tower Theatre. We understand that not everyone is ready to return to full capacity in our venue so the performance on Sunday 28th November at 3.00 will be a socially-distanced performance. This means we will operate with reduced capacity, spaced seating and our FoH volunteers will continue to wear face coverings regardless of restrictions being lifted. Audience members are asked to wear masks unless they are exempt.

The play runs for about 90 minutes with no interval. 
It contains sexual references and strong language

Three generations of Dublin men : Kevin (20) has just moved out of his family home, Dermot (mid/late 30’s) has unexpectedly been given a new job, Joe (70’s) has received a mysterious package. From these seemingly inconsequential events each of the characters tells a story about a memorable episode in his life concerned with love and regret for what could have happened, but didn’t. These intimate confessions are told in a series of interwoven monologues which at various times are funny, serious, deeply moving and above all human.

Conor McPherson is Ireland’s greatest living playwright and Port Authority is the fourth of his plays to be staged by the Tower Theatre following The Weir (2004), Dublin Carol (2009) and Shining City (2010).

Cast

Production Team

Kevin : Finlay Macaulay
Dermot : Kevin Furness
Joe : Peta Barker
Director : Allan Hart
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Stage Manager / Assistant Director : Feiyang Yang
ASM / Rehearsal Prompt : Tom Tillery
Lighting Operator : Matthew Ibbotson or Alex Papadopoulos
Sound Operator : Jonathan Norris
Set Construction and Get-In : Andy Hind, John McSpayden, Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett, Alex Burton, Emilia Teglia, Adam Wilkins
Dialect Consultant : Ann Watchorn

Photography by Robert Piwko

Finlay MacaulayThis is Finlay Macaulay’s first production with the Tower Theatre. Finlay is originally from the North East of Scotland. He trained at Guildford School of Acting. Edinburgh Fringe credits include The Street Singer (The Threepenny Opera), Moritz (Spring Awakening) and Charlie Brown (You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown). After a hiatus from theatre for a few years, Finlay is delighted to be returning to the stage with the Tower Theatre.

Kevin FurnessThis is Kevin Furness' fourth production with the Tower Theatre, having appeared in 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird and Pygmalion. He is originally from Dublin and has had a passion for acting since he was a child. As a teenager he appeared in productions with Tallaght Theatre Group. He also attended courses with Dublin Gaiety School of Acting and has completed several acting courses with City Acting.

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 has adapted and directed Russell Hoban's novel Kleinzeit, and was part of the Tower Team in the RSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream, playing Snug the Joiner.

Allan HartAllan Hart has been a Tower member for over 30 years and directed many productions including My Mother Said I Never Should, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Abigail's Party, Dealer's Choice, Closer, The Weir and The Homecoming. He has also acted in several shows, notably Arcadia, Waiting for Godot, Twelve Angry Men, In Celebration, East, Blue Remembered Hills, Road and How the Other Half Loves.