Three plays directed by members of the Tower’s New Director’s scheme
Telling It by Anne Connell. Director by Liam Stewart.
Bertha and Hal by Joyce Mulvey. Directed by Katie Smith,
Swipe by Lily Guy-Vogel. Directed by Rosie Barwick.
Tuesday 5 – Saturday 9 March at 7.30pm
Matinée on Saturday 9 March at 3pm
At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington
Age guidance: 16+
DI Lesley Mander : Nina Sprigge
DS Gary Burwood : Henry McMenamin
Alison : Lucy Moss
Neil : Richard Kirby
Director : Liam Stewart
Set Design : Chris Shiel
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
The truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view
A chance meeting sets Alison and Neil on a collision course, but in a world of deceit, who can you trust? Telling It explores prejudice, assumptions and expectations. When one event can look very different through another’s eyes, setting the record straight requires perspective from both sides of the story.
Bertha and Hal
Bertha : Katerine Holt
Hal : Sam Alan
Director : Katie Smith
Assistant Director : Stephanie Irvine
Set Design : Olga Iliou & Yasemin Buyurgan
Costume Design : Laura Coulton
Sometimes progress means losing what you had
It’s August 1974 in a suburb in Orange County, Southern California. Gerald Ford has just been sworn in as 38th President of the USA. A woman eagerly awaits a visit from her son and grandson. Her son has something he needs to tell her; something that makes her reflect on her past and her role in their family.
A play about conflict, loneliness and letting go of the past.
Elle: Eden Vansittart (5, 6 & 7 March) or Thisakya Dias Gunasekera (8 & 9 March)
Mind: Helen Wieland
Sarah: Ciara Gaughan
Male Ensemble: Mayank Adlakha, Cedric Dumornay & Jack Cavendish
Director : Rosie Barwick
Set Design : Poppy Hill & Lucy White
Costume Design : Laura Coulton
Music composed by Cameron Pike
It’s time for the Vagina Monologues, our weekly deep dive into Elle’s prolific sex life.
Dissatisfied with her job, love life, creepy boss and messy house share, Elle is looking for something different. As she navigates the tumultuous and often bleak world of dating apps, a series of meaningless, desperate, and at times dangerous encounters ensue. Fortunately, Elle will eventually find exactly what she’s been looking for.
Swipe is an uncomfortably accurate depiction of navigating life in London in your mid-20s. Centred around Elle’s relationship with her own mind, the play finds the light, the humour and the humanity amongst the chaos.
|Nina Sprigge has just joined the Tower and will be appearing in Telling It. She worked in theatre throughout her 20s. Productions included Antigone, Blue Remembered Hills, Mary Rose and numerous productions with the London New Play Festival. She toured Shakespeare round German schools, ran a touring Theatre Company, and worked as an Actor-guide at the Museum of the Moving Image. After having children, she retrained as a teacher and began work in Museum and Heritage Education, including story building at Discover, playing a Victorian school teacher at The Ragged School Museum, and managing the Primary School Programme at the Museum of London for 17 years. She now works part-time facilitating primary school sessions about the Romans and the Great Fire of London. She is excited to be part of the Tower Theatre Company.
|Henry McMenamin (Tom Bailey) first joined the Tower over 25 years ago – so long ago he can’t remember many of the productions he was involved with; Pygmalion and Mother Goose come to mind though. Tom studied at Mountview Theatre School when it was based in North London, however acting took a back seat to building a career as an Engineer and raising a family. Now with more time on his hands he has come back to his first love. His first production since returning was The Gift last year and he’s now very excited to have been cast in Telling It as DS Gary Burwood.
|Lucy Moss is an actor, writer, and occasional director. Her first role at the Tower Theatre was Irina in The Seagull in 2018, and since then she’s appeared in Dead Funny, Talk Radio, Metamorphosis, Mules, Nine Night, Play, Richard III and various other Tower Theatre productions. Films include Pump and Dump, and she also loves a bit of wardrobe and costume design. She’s a born and bred Londoner and loves that Tower Theatre is on her doorstep.
|Richard Kirby graduated from the City Lit in 2004 after spending many years in various drama groups in North London. He has been a Tower member for 16 years (where does the time go? His performances include the March Hare and Mock Turtle in Curiouser and Curiouser, Seldom Bucket in Maskerade, the Gravedigger and Player King in Hamlet and Lane in The Importance of Being Earnest. He was Assistant Director for Macbeth. He played Leonato and Don John in a touring production of Much Ado About Nothing and has also been fight director for several Tower productions.
|Telling It is Liam Stewart first show as director for the Tower; he joined last April and appeared as David in Labour of Love in the summer. He had previously performed as part of a comedy group including several successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and hosted his own popular monthly stand-up comedy night. Liam is a local Drama Teacher.
|Anne Connell has been a Tower member for many decades; acting, writing, assistant-directing, working backstage and propping up the bar. Acting credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, Habeas Corpus, Under Milk Wood and Bedroom Farce. Writing credits include co-authorship of Curiouser and Curiouser – performed at the Minack in 2008. Due to relocation – of both the theatre and herself – she hasn’t been able to continue with acting, and is increasingly interested in developing as a writer. She is hoping that the production of her short play will be the start of a way of continuing her relationship with the company, and is very grateful for this opportunity.
|Bertha and Hal
|Playing Bertha in this incredible new play is Katerine Holt’s debut Tower performance, having joined as an acting member in August 2023. She is thrilled to be part of this amazing production, ensemble and team.
|Sam Alan is a Scottish actor and Tower Theatre member since July 2023. This is his second production after The Little Prince last October. Sam graduated from Actors Space-Berlin in 2018, subsequently returning to London to pursue acting professionally.
|Since joining the Tower Theatre in 2013 Katie Smith has performed in several productions including Under The Blue Sky, An Enemy of the People, Clybourne Park, Sherlock Holmes, Sweat, Penny from Heaven (the Tower’s Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid festival), Passing the Spoon, Waiting for Grotto for the Tower’s Writers’ Room, Lynndie (in a fetching clown costume) in Lynndie’s Gotta Gun and, most recently, The Gift. Katie has assistant directed on the Tower productions of Frankenstein and Antigone; this is her first production as director.
|Having a lifelong love of theatre, Joyce Mulvey became a member early in 2023. She is thrilled that this amazing team have chosen to debut her first play at the Tower Theatre. Bertha and Hal is now available at Lazy Bee scripts.
|Swipe marks Thisakya Dias‘s fourth play at the Tower Theatre in the last year – following Homemakers, The Little Prince and Two Billion Beats. In January, she began the Acting Diploma at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, following a Screen Acting course at London School of Music and Dramatic Art.
|Helen Wieland first entered the am dram scene while in sixth form through the Sutton Amateur Dramatics Company (or, amusingly, the SAD Company for short). With them, she played Daphne in Present Laughter and the title role in The Ashgirl. This encouraged her to get involved in student theatre societies at the University of Edinburgh, where she studied psychology. At Uni she acted in various short productions (one coincidently directed by another Tower member!) and also got involved in directing. Helen’s directing credits include Hangmen and also a Spanish play, ¡Hay motin, compañeras! She is now excited to be playing her second role at the Tower after moving back to London – she appeared as Callie in An IQ Test for my Birthday last December.
|Swipe is Ciara Gaughan’s debut performance at the Tower Theatre since joining the company in Summer 2023. Having been interested in theatre and dance from an early age, she has found herself performing in musicals, classical and contemporary plays. During her time at university, she performed in numerous shows including Anna Seward in Letters to Emma, Pool (No Water) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as Less Miserable: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe.
|Swipe is Mayank Adlakha‘s first show with the Tower Theatre since joining a couple of months ago. He has been on the stage for as long as he can remember, in the form of acting, dancing or occasionally even rapping. Mayank specializes in physical theatre, having trained at the Jacques Lecoq academy in Paris and has applied this to both classical and contemporary shows. He has appeared as Fagin in Oliver, Ken in Red and most recently he toured with the Acting Gymnasium where he played Quintus in Titus Andronicus.
|Cedric Dumornay, making his Tower Theatre debut in Swipe just weeks after joining our family. Originally from New York, Cedric is an actor and writer with roots tracing back to his early fascination with theatre and film. His love for performing ignited while living in Haiti, inspired by the timeless antics of Mr. Bean. Trained at Florida Atlantic University in Meisner and Chekhov techniques, he can be seen on screens in the U.S and Europe, featuring in Global campaigns and TV hits like Tosh.0 and Starz’s Blindspotting. His stage journey began with the role of Estragon in Waiting for Godot at FAU’s main stage. After a TV hiatus, Cedric returns to his first love, the theatre and is delighted to be a part of this wonderful cast and playing his first role at the Tower Theatre.
|Jack Cavendish is an actor, writer and director appearing in his first Tower Theatre production. Jack studied biological sciences at Royal Holloway University and has been working as an actor for the last ten years. Jack has a passion for Shakespearian theatre helping to run the Royal Holloway Shakespeare company during his time studying. Theatre credits include: Edmund Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston), Henry VI in Marriage of Margaret of Anjou (Tower of London), Marty in The Second Woman (Young Vic), Ferret in The Wind in The Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston), Estella in Great Expectations (Rose Theatre Kingston), Macduff in Macbeth (Royal Holloway Shakespeare Company), Angelo in Measure for Measure (Royal Holloway Shakespeare Company), Oliver in WoeBeGone (Bread and Roses), Finn in Night Cap (The Pembroke). Film/TV credits include: Black Mirror (Netflix), Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Lionsgate), Finding Your Feet (Lunar Films).
|Rosie Barwick is an actor and theatre director from South London. She trained in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and movement at the Royal Academy of Dance and the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. She has a degree in Law and International Relations, and currently works with females with multiple disadvantages. She is particularly interested in Women’s stories and work that explores societal and community issues. She assistant directed Leave Taking (Tower Theatre) and Voices from Home (King’s Head Theatre), and she directed That Almost Unnameable Lust last year.
|A lover of all live performance and a voracious consumer of content; Lily Guy-Vogel is a spoken word poet, regular theatre-goer, avid television watcher and fanatic writer. Her body of work usually focuses on female sexual identity in modern society, particularly ideas surrounding sexual autonomy. Lily has been a member of the Tower since 2021, and a part of the Tower’s writer’s group since 2022; she’s had three short pieces produced at the theatre over the last few years. Outside of working with the Tower and her day-job, Lily is currently undertaking a Masters in Scriptwriting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.