Three Birds  
Three Birds

by Janice Okoh

Directed by Lyla Smith-Abass

Thursday 7th - Saturday 9th October and Tuesday 12th - Saturday 16th October, 2021

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Tiana : Na-Keisha Pebody
Tanika : Siah Isla
Tionne : Jeremiah Burlen
Ms. Jenkins : Myriam Laurent
Dr. Feelgood : Heath Muirhead


Production Team

Director : Lyla Smith-Abass
Set Design : Shereen Ali
Costume Design : Jean Carr
Lighting Design : Steph Siraut
Sound Design : Jacqui Dickson and Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Lighting Operator : Matthew Ibbotson
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson
Set Construction : Jack Pattison, Angelika Michitsch, Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Wendy Parry, Jude Chalk

Na-Keisha Pebody
Na-Keisha Pebody graduated from the University of Northampton with a BA Hons in Acting & Creative Practice. During her time at the University she worked on several stage productions with various directors. She recently moved to London from Leicester to further her training at Identity School of Acting and Na-Keisha is looking forward to participating in Three Birds as her first performance on a London stage.
  Siah Isla
Siah Isla is currently at Goldsmiths College, University of London, reading ‘Performance, Politics and Society BA’. As a child she trained at Helen O’Grady for 4 years. She has completed LAMDA grades 3, 4 and 6 all with Distinction. Since 2015 she has been an active member of the National Youth Theatre and earlier this year, completed their Creative Leadership Programme. Credits include: at aged 13 playing the lead role as Abigail Williams in The Crucible; Graziella in West Side Story at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre; and The Lady in Red in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Whilst studying for her A-levels she played Velma in Chicago and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Before the pandemic, in 2019 Siah briefly trained at The Second City in Chicago studying Improv over the summer.
Myriam Laurent
This is Myriam Laurent's second production at the Tower Theatre since joining the Company; she loves the sense of community and camaraderie that is so apparent between Tower members. After training at Cours Florent in Paris, she moved to London in 2018 and since then has gained onscreen and stage experience. Of mixed French-North African heritage and a member of the Jewish community, Myriam is keen to leverage her background and most recently appeared in Mazzikim by Rachel Bellman and Jasmine Teo, a production based on spirits and demons in Jewish mythology.
  Jeremiah Burlen
Jeremiah Burlen is extremely excited to participate in Three Birds, his first Tower Production.
Heath Muirhead
Heath Muirhead is a full time actor originally from the North West of England who now lives in the heart of London. He studied performing arts at both B&F Performing Arts College St Annes & DSL Ealing. He’s appeared on Television, Film & stage throughout the last 20 years but has just recently embarked on making acting a full career. Motto Heath lives by : ‘Better late than never haha’
  Lyla Smith-Abass
Lyla Smith-Abass is an actor, playwright and counsellor who has been involved with the Tower Theatre since 2019. She trained at City Lit, London. Her acting credits include Maude in The Phantom; various characters in The Shipment; Carmem in Br’ier Cotton Stop and Search; Lead Chorus in Agamemnon; Miss Cooper in Separate Tables and Valentina (Valentine) in Twelfth Night. During lockdown she debuted as a director during the Tower Theatre’s Virtual Tower Season co-directing the play The Assembly Women, and she co-directed I can't breathe in the recent Love [and Survival] festival. She recently launched a therapeutic theatre company “Lyla’s Place” which promotes new black playwrights. She is a passionate theatre activist using theatre as a form of therapy and a way to inspire action toward justice and change.