To Kill A Mockingbird  
To Kill A Mockingbird

by Harper Lee, in an adaptation by Christopher Sergel

Directed by Martin Mulgrew

Wednesday 24th - Saturday 27th October and Tuesday 30th October - Saturday 3rd November, 2018

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Atticus Finch : Simon Lee
Jean : Alison Liney
Scout : Ruby Mendoza-Willcocks
Calpurnia : Nancy Pinthieve
Dill : Emily McCormick
Jem : Pablo Tranchell
Miss Maudie Atkinson : Judith Barbeler
Miss Stephanie Crawford : Beatrice Andrew
Mayella Ewell : Annie Davison
Mrs Dubose : Sheila Burbidge
Bob Ewell : Kevin Furness
Mr Gilmer : John Chapman
Boo Radley : Peter Westbury
Tom Robinson : Jordan Duvigneau
Helen Robinson : Jasmine Lee-Jones
Reverend Sykes : Anthony Davis
Heck Tate : Richard Kirby
Judge Taylor : Tom Tillery
Court Clerk : Ayla Mammadova
Townsfolk / Mob : Rebecca Hill, Kate Fearnley, Denyse Macpherson
Mr Cunningham : Matthew Ibbotson


Production Team

Director : Martin Mulgrew
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Haidee Elise, Sheila Burbidge, Peter Westbury
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Martin Mulgrew

Additional sound : Laurence Tuerk

Fight Choreographer : Richard Kirby

Assistant Director : Landé Belo
Stage Managers : Ann Watchorn, Sarah Ambrose
Lighting Operator : Steph Siraut
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson
Get-In and Rigging : Keith Syrett, Max Batty, Jomelie Acay, Alice Evans, Guyene Muneesamy
Dialect Coach : Donna C Martin

This is Simon Lee's fifth performance with the Tower Theatre. Most recently he was Creon in Antigone. Previously he was Hovstad in An Enemy of the People, Charles Webb in Our Town and Jess Watmore in The Night Heron. Other acting credits include Jerry in Betrayal, Alec/Angel in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, John Worthing in The Importance of being Earnest, Maugrim in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Marat in The Promise, MacHeath in The Beggar's Opera, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Gray Meredith in A Bill of Divorcement, Dr Kemp/Flegg in Warrior and Ralph Austin in Butterflies are Free, Simon also performed on the London comedy circuit with The Monochromes, a musical "crooning" trio.
Alison Liney has been involved in amateur drama for a very long time and has been a member of the Tower since 1997. She alternates between acting and crewing shows, most recently as ASM on Wolf Hall at the Minack where she negotiated the backstage steps with determination but decreasing enthusiasm. Recent roles include the nurse in Antigone, Mrs Wilberforce in The Ladykillers, Q in Handbagged and Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw.

This is Ruby Mendoza-Willcocks' first acting role with the Tower Theatre, but she has worked with them before backstage. She is the Performing Arts Contributor for the RaggedCULT magazine and is currently doing her Drama A-Level after getting an A in Drama GCSE. Ruby has appeared in a Google Advert and has worked with Angel Shed Theatre for a few years. Ruby is very excited to be a part of the To Kill A Mockingbird company.
Nancy Pinthieve is excited to take on the role of Calpurnia in To Kill a Mockingbird. This is her firstt production with Tower Theatre Company but she has indulged her love of drama off and on since high school. She is currently on hiatus from training at the Identity School of Acting. When she is not performing, she tries to save the world.
This is Emily McCormick's second production with the Tower; earlier this year she played Perdita/Mamillius in the London and Paris runs of The Winter's Tale. She is currently in the process of preparing to audition for several Drama schools. Emily was a previous member of the Young Court at the Royal Court Theatre where she wrote and performed in Say/Do, as well as producing The Andrea Project. She also trained with Shakespeare's Globe Young Actors School. Previous credits include Susan Pevenise in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Cosette in Les Miserables and Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Pablo Tranchell is really looking forward to his first appearance with the Tower Theatre Company. He was a part of Angel Shed Youth Theatre for 9 years and has performed at the Shakespeare Schools Festival multiple times, playing characters such as Macbeth and Henry V.
Judith Barbeler has both acted and directed; past shows include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Lark, The Talented Mr Ripley, Rope, 84 Charing Cross Road, Ring Round the Moon and The Tempest. In London she has performed in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for SEDOS, Richard III for KDC, Major Barbara for the Tower and King Lear, The Art of Coarse Acting, Volpone, 5/11 and Circle Line for Network Theatre.
Beatrice Andrew is currently preparing to audition for drama school. Her most recent credits include the BBC's The Crown and Summer of Rockets as well as Sacha Gervasi's upcoming film My Dinner With Hervé. She recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe as part of Southwark Playhouse. By day, Beatrice is Head of Neuromarketing for a digital agency.
Annie Davison moved to London after graduating from Durham University (reading English Literature) in September 2017. Originally from Northumberland, she has been working in Soho as a recruitment consultant, and trying to get to grips with the Tube, ever since. This is her first of what she hopes to be many Tower productions!
Sheila Burbidge has been a Tower member for 40 something years. She had been involved in countless productions as actor, director, backstage or designing costumes. Nowadays she is mostly found in Wardrobe, doing Box Office or marketing. She is delighted to be on stage in the first season of our new theatre
This is Kevin Furness's second production with the Tower Theatre, having appeared earlier this year in 1984 as Parsons. Kevin has completed several acting courses with City Acting. He's 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 (Our Town and The Hostage). He also attended courses with the Dublin Gaiety School of Acting.
By day John Chapman works as a freelance education consultant, writer and copy editor. Prior to this he worked at the "chalkface" for rather longer than he cares to remember. John first took to the stage as a schoolboy pretending to be a Latin frog. Decades later he is pleased to be joining the cast of Wolf Hall for his 150th production. Favourite acting roles along the way have been Hector in The History Boys, Norman in The Norman Conquests, Felix in Humble Boy and Mr Micawber in David Copperfield. Most memorable of all was when he got to play Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream) at the Barbican and in Stratford upon Avon in the Tower Theatre's collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016. Best directing jobs have been with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Lord of The Flies, Glorious! and the ten works of Alan Ayckbourn which he has steered to a successful conclusion. He has always been interested in the world of drama and in 2004 served as a panellist on the Olivier Awards, seeing a mammoth 70 productions in one year.
Peter Westbury has been a Tower member for over 30 years. Productions as Director include Company, The Boy Friend, Somethings Afoot! and Broadway Bound. Productions as an actor include Whose Life is it Anyway?, Noises Off, Happy as a Sandbag, Sweet Charity and Twelve Angry Men.
Jordan Duvigneau is currently training at the Identity School of Acting. He has also trained and worked with the Central School of Speech and Drama, Frantic Assembly and the Talawa Theatre Company where he just finished a run of the brand new sold out stage production Run It Back. Jordan has appeared on stage, TV (What's Up, Sky One) and Commercials (FM 19, JD Sports). He is looking forward to playing the role of Tom in To Kill A Mockingbird.
This is Jasmine Lee Jones's first role with the Tower Theatre and she is thrilled that it is in To Kill A Mockingbird. Jasmine finished her A-Levels in June at Woodhouse College and whilst studying Drama there she performed as Scout in Popcorn and Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Jasmine spent two years training with the Young Actors theatre and performed with Haringey Shed in a variety of productions including Macbeth, The Tempest, Alice in Wonderland and One Thousand and One Nights. She also danced with the "Streetz Ahead" dance company in a Michael Jackson extravaganza.
Anthony Davis is very excited to be joining the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird in his first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Originally from the United States, he has lived in London for the past 8 years, and last performed 6 years ago as Darius in Jeffrey at the South London Theatre Company. His previous acting roles in the United States with community theatre companies and University theatre groups include Antonio in Twelfth Night, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, Jed in Fifth of July, Chorus in Little Shop of Horrors, and Man in Statements After an Arrest Made Under the Immorality Act. When not on stage, Anthony works as a social work manager for the NHS.
Richard Kirby was recently seen as Lane in The Importance of Being Earnest and before that in Charley's Aunt, One Man - Two Guvnors, Major Barbara, Goodnight Mr Tom, Comic Potential and David Copperfield, mixed with fight direction for Telstar for the Tower and Double Falsehood and The Turn of the Screw for CP Theatre, and comedy movement for One Man, Two Guvnors plus a tour of England's green and pleasant land playing Leonato and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing with Theatre Setup. Between times, he sings in the church choir. Richard lives in Enfield with fellow fight-choreographer wife Lindsay in a house that's so full of swords it's a mini-replica of The Royal Armouries.
Born and educated in the West of Scotland Tom Tillery's first stage appearance was as the Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland while still a schoolboy over 60 years ago. He broadcast regularly on BBC Children's Hour before moving to London and joining the Tower Theatre in 1959. He has appeared in over 170 productions in London, the East and West Coasts of America, France (Arles and Paris), Austria, Germany, Gibraltar and Prague. He was in the London premieres of The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Vatzlav, The Car Cemetery and This Was a Man. Ventures into musicals have included Percival Browne in The Boy Friend, Cardinal Pirelli in Valmouth and the Emcee in Cabaret. Favourite roles include Jack in Home, Pickering in Pygmalion, Jaques in As You Like It and Sadie Spangle in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He worked at the Royal Opera House as Music Librarian for over 25 years and contributed programme notes for the Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells Ballet and the English National Ballet. His own programme collection contains over 6500 programmes. He was pleased to serve on the Olivier Awards Panel in 2004.
This is Ayla Mammadova's fourth appearance with the Tower Theatre Company. Ayla works in mental health for the NHS and loves being involved in theatre productions on the side. Her favourite roles have been playing Bet in April in Paris and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot. She also wrote and directed a play called Different which helped raise awareness and fight the stigma of mental health challenges in Azerbaijan, her home country.
This is Rebecca Hill's first production with the Tower Theatre. She has recently appeared in two productions with Incognito Theatre - she played Dr Spence in Thriller of the Year and Rose and Etty (two ladies of the night) in Jekyll and Hyde. Rebecca also played principal boy Robin Reliant in the Guild Players 2017 pantomime Bluebeard. She recently sang in the Mayor of Barnet's Old Tyme Music Hall to help to raise funds for Homeless Action in Barnet and she played Francisca the nun in the Garden Suburb Theatre production of Measure for Measure.
In Kate Fearnley's 30 years at the Tower Theatre her many parts have included keeping house for The Dame of Sark, the Helmer family and Harold Macmillan, the Voysey's parlourmaid and Desiree's dresser. Above the salt she was Lady Mathieson and Lady Montague and a miscellany in between. Very happy to be back!
Denyse Macpherson has played numberless parts for the Tower Theatre over sixty years.
Matthew Ibbotson is taking part in his second Tower Theatre show, having appeared in Kafka's Dick earlier this year. He studied Drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, appearing in work by Chekhov, Strindberg and Sophocles, before becoming a very active member of local musical and dramatic groups in Essex. Matthew now lives locally to the new Tower Theatre premises and is looking forward to contributing to this new era for the company.
Martin Mulgrew is Artistic Director of the Tower. Last year, he directed The Importance of Being Earnest which toured to the U.S.A. and in 2013 his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This summer, he appeared as Henry VIII in the Tower's production of Wolf Hall.