Gainsborough's Girls  
Gainsborough's Girls

by Cecil Beaton

Directed by David Taylor

Thursday 2nd - Saturday 4th May and Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th May, 2019

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Gainsborough : Simon Lee
Mrs Gainsborough : Janet South
Mary : Emily McCormick
Margaret : Emily Deane
Christie : Nick Hall
Lady Codlington : Amanda Waggott
Lord Angus : Anthony Rhodes
Luke : Matthew Ibbotson
Emma Hart : Sarah Kolb
Dolly : Joanna Coulton
Clara Hayward : Natasha Hawkes
Alderman Bundy : Jonathan Norris


Production Team

Director : David Taylor
Set Design : Peter Foster
Lighting Design : Alan Wilkinson and Stephen Ley
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison and Sue Carling
Sound Design : Stephen Ley

Stage Manager : Sarah Ambrose
Assistant Stage Manager : Ruth Sanderson
Lighting Operator : Evie Ley
Sound Operator : Millie Napoletani
Wigs : Doris Designs
Hair and accessories : Mark-Louis Anderson-Fisher, Nikki Diggins
Music Consultant : Barry Hopwood
Set Contruction and Rigging : Andy Hind, Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, and members of the cast and crew

This is Simon Lee's sixth performance with the Tower Theatre. Most recently he was Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Previously he was Creon in Antigone, 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.
Janet South has been involved with the Tower for many years during which she has taken roles both on stage and off. Acting credits include Countess Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Jenny (Company), Anna (Closer), Emma Timms (Lark Rise), Mme Dubonnet (The Boy Friend), Tragedian in Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Mrs Lack in Sailor, Beware!. Choreography credits include Company, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Mr Cinders, Once in a Lifetime, The Boy Friend (twice) and, most recently, The Producers. When not rehearsing Janet can be found doing jazz hands at Pineapple Studios or thwacking a shuttlecock around a North London sports centre.
This is Emily McCormick's third production with the Tower; last year she played Perdita in the London and Paris runs of The Winter's Tale and Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird. 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 Nights Dream.
Emily Deane is a freelance writer by day. She previously studied drama at school and took part in numerous amateur productions as well as her fair share of dance shows. This is her fourth Tower Theatre production after playing Clare/Louise in Road, a clown in The 39 Steps and, most recently, Mary Boleyn in Wolf Hall.
Gainsborough's Girls is Nick Hall's first production with the Tower. He was previously with the Jumble Theatre Company, performing in Pieces of Home (a monologue night) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. With a background/vocation in film making, Nick is currently writing his third feature script.
Amanda Waggott has been a member of the Tower Theatre for four years and was last seen playing Lil in Kindertransport. Recently she played several characters in Shirleymander at the Playground Theatre, Mum in Rapid Write Response at Theatre 503 and she produced Paradise Circus and Harvey, both at the Playground Theatre. She is currently working on productions of Ere!, The Jazz Age and a new opera called Army of Lovers. Amanda also teaches presentations skills. She has an MA in Theatre from Goldsmiths and trained at Drama Studio London and The National Youth Theatre.
Anthony Rhodes is thrilled to be taking part in his first production with the Tower Theatre Company. Prior to this production, he has appeared in multiple short and feature length films as well as other stage productions at various London fringe theatres. Stage credits include The Homecoming (Lenny), Look Back in Anger (Cliff) and Glengarry Glen Ross (Levene). In his proudest moment, Anthony was a performer in the National Theatre and Jeremy Deller's Battle of the Somme Centenary piece We Are Here.
Matthew Ibbotson is taking part in his third Tower Theatre show, having appeared in Kafka's Dick and To Kill A Mockingbird last 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.
Sarah Kolb couldn't be more excited than to be making her Tower Theatre debut in Gainsborough's Girls. Previous professional credits include LaplandUK and various projects with "From Sonnet To Song". She trained at the London Studio Centre and at the Salon Collective; credits in training include Lucky Stiff, Into The Woods, Honor, Hercules and Legally Blonde. Voiceover credits include commercials for Google, Lufthansa and Estée Lauder.
Joanna Coulton is thrilled to be performing again at the Tower Theatre following her debut in Kafka's Dick. Prior to this she performed with Network Theatre Company in a number of productions including The Collaborators and Her Naked Skin and made her London debut in Namashkar's production of The Infinite Line between Dating and Dying. Other acting credits include The Trial, Much Ado About Nothing and Little Women. She has produced several plays including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Shakers.
Natasha Hawkes lives in Watford and is studying Performing Arts at West Herts College where she has performed in Macbeth and Ladies' Day. She is looking forward to playing her first role for the Tower Theatre Company.
Over his 26 Tower Company years, Jonathan Norris has been involved in more than sixty productions - whether as actor (Thomas Boleyn in Wolf Hall, Inspector Hubbard in Dial M For Murder, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion), music-directing (A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls), or writing and/or playing musical additions on keyboard or trombone. He has recent happy memories of playing Ernest in Bedroom Farce, arranging and Music-Directing Nell Gwynn, and playing Sorin in The Seagull. He and his wife Ruth now live spookily close to the new Tower Theatre - handy for their daytime jobs as Administrators of the Company.
David Taylor lives in Islington off the Caledonian Road by the canal. Early years were spent tinkering with model theatres and doing school plays but his first directing job for the Tower Theatre (as a very young man) was The Boy Friend in 1975. Since then he has directed and designed and occasionally acted in a wide range of shows. Favourite play productions include Pygmalion, Nicholas Nickleby, My Night With Reg, As You Like It and Lark Rise, and favourite musicals include Mr Cinders, West Side Story, On The Town, Blitz, Valmouth, Sail Away, Guys and Dolls and The Producers. which won the Minack Theatre trophy for the best production of the season in 2014. In 2016, he led the Tower's team in their co-production with the RSC of A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Play for the Nation, which was presented at the Barbican Theatre in London and the RSC theatre in Stratford.