Reactions and Reviews

Here are a selection of comments and reviews about our productions in 2020.

Comments and reviews for 2019 and earlier years are in our archive, here.

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Sweat

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)

A Passage to India

Rahul Singh is an appropriately troubled Aziz …. Rebecca Allan provides a committed and believable portrayal of Adela … the authoritative and urbane performance of Adnan Kapadia … Simon Lee convinces as the troubled and conflicted Cyril Fielding … as Mrs Moore, Alison Liney meets the challenge totally in a detailed and totally effective portrayal.

A large and diverse cast portray the other characters, British and Indian, as well as the occasional rock or elephant. The Tower will be the envy of many other companies in their ability to attract a cast diverse enough to put on productions such as this.

The Tower production is greatly enhanced by the set design from Max Batty (and costumes from Sue Carling and Elion Mittiga), lit by Stephen Ley, where the appropriate ochre colour is all that is needed to suggest the heat and dust of India, and good use is made of the upstage area whether as a courtroom or to enable key events to be portrayed in shadow. The overall effect is nicely enhanced by Rob Hepplethwaite’s subtle and effective sound design, as well as the live backing from composer Tamara Douglas-Morris and the musicians. This is an authoritative production of a little-known adaptation, and is a worthy addition to the Tower Theatre Company repertory.

(Chris Abbott for Sardines magazine)

A large ensemble capably maintain momentum which, along with some impressive individual performances, collectively deliver an entirely absorbing evening’s theatre.

(Peter Brown for ActDrop. Awarded 4 stars)

Rahul Singh  is captivating in his role as Aziz … Ably assisting him is Simon Lee as Cyril Fielding …Mention should be made of Rebecca Allan (Adela Questad) and Alison Liney (Mrs Moore) whose chemistry is tangible and their breaking of the fourth wall very effective. Adela is a complex character and Allan was never at odds to convey that.
Holding everything together and giving a sterling performance is Adnan Kapadia as Professor Godbole; able to convey just the right amount of pride and prejudice when required together with being an expert conduit who went to great lengths to explain what could have perhaps been lost in translation both in terms of language and the fast paced nature at which the piece moved.
Should this production ever make it to the West End it would be delightfully received, I feel.

(Kay Johal for London Theatre Reviews. Awarded 4 stars)