Wednesday 21st - Saturday 24th November and Tuesday 27th November - Saturday 1st December, 2018

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


by Tanya Ronder

Directed by Simona Hughes

Tanya Ronder with the cast
Tanya Ronder (front row centre) with Simona Hughes and the cast

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Gideon / Jack : Dickon Farmar
Sarah / Elizabeth : Rebecca Allan
Michelle / Mother Superior : Julia Flatley
Margaret / Sister Babette / Aisha / Jess : Emily Carmichael
Finlay /Anthony / Chris : Kayne McCutcheon
Albert / Orion : Nicholas Cannon
Hope / Stacey / Veronique : Valerie Paul
David / Julian : Matthew Vickers
Su-Lin / Sister Ruth / Barbara : Yuyu Wang


Production Team

Director : Simona Hughes
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Anna Pearshouse
Lighting Design : Alan Wilkinson
Sound Design : Jack Baxter
Music : Colin Guthrie
Movement : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Emily Haggard
ASM : Yasir Senna
Lighting Operator : Nigel Oram
Sound Operator : Shona Davidson
Assistant Director : Janet South
Accent Coach : Jess Hammett

This is Dickon Farmar's fourth show with the Tower and the first in the new space. This summer he played Thomas Cromwell in the Tower's production of Wolf Hall both in London and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Previous roles include Scullery in Road, Krogstadt in A Doll's House, Sims/Papa in The Nether, Ken in Whose Life is it Anyway? and Bob Caleo in Holding The Man.
This is Rebecca Allan's debut with the Tower Theatre Company, after having graduated from drama school last year. She has stepped away from professional acting temporarily to focus on other projects, and is now itchy to get back on stage. She was really pleased when she stumbled across this opportunity and already loves being involved in the company, so she won't be disappearing any time soon. Watch this space!

This is Julia Flatley's second appearance with the Tower Theatre Company - she played Rose Gwynn in Nell Gwynn last year. She has a degree in English Literature and studied acting for a year at AADA in New York.
Emily Carmichael is very excited that her eighth time on the Tower Theatre stage will be her first time in its beautiful new home. With the company, she has previously performed in Bloody Poetry, The Deep Blue Sea, Dying For It, Largo Desolato, The Turn of the Screw, Othello and, earlier this year, Harvey. As of this October, she started training to be a counsellor with an organisation in London Bridge and hopes to work for children and adolescent mental health services when she qualifies.
This is Kayne McCutcheon's Tower debut. Originally from New Zealand, he now speaks English fluently, and is thoroughly enjoying being a part of the Tower. Previous roles with the Garden Suburb Theatre Society include Benedick in Much Ado about Nothing, Garcin in Huis Clos, Lord Percy Percy in Blackadder and most recently Frankenscense in The Flint Street Nativity.
2018 is Nick Cannon's 16th year with the Tower - he first trod the boards as Jeff in A Taste of Honey. Through the characters of Shaw, Coward, Rattigan and Neil Simon (to name but a few) and a fabulous time backstage in Playhouse Creatures, Nick feels he has aged and greyed through playing a range of loners and misfits ever since! Last seen in Little Nell in 2015, he is delighted to be back on stage with a cast of old and new friends.

Valerie Paul Val has been acting for over 30 years and has trained at The Actor's Centre, Identity School of Acting and in the Meisner Technique. Her most recent credits include The Interrogation of Sandra Bland (Bush Theatre), Cyrano de Bergerac (Minack) and the short films Today and 2nd Childhood. Combining caring for her two children, working in the Legal Field and playing netball, this is Val's first performance with the Tower Theatre Company.
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder, Clybourne Park, Doctor Faustus, An Enemy of the People, Frankenstein and Arcadia.
Yuyu Wang is a performer and theatre maker from China. She trained at MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Her works examine our individual inner worlds with identity exploration through cultural diversity by story-telling and devising in the contemporary theatre practice and in the global context. She is the artistic director of 'Cheeky Chin', a London-based collective of theatre makers of East Asian descent.
Simona Hughes joined the Tower in 2002, during its last year in its former Canonbury home, and has since served on the company committee and acted in some 13 productions, including Absent Friends, The Lady from the Sea, Julius Caesar, Dinner, Her Naked Skin, Baba Shakespeare and Comic Potential. Simona has directed Little Nell, Brontë and Love, Love, Love for the Tower. She has also directed at Theatre 503 and at The Bread and Roses. Simona is midway through completing a 2 year MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.