Enchanted April  
Enchanted April

by Matthew Barber, from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim

Directed by John McSpayden

Wednesday 6th - Saturday 16th April, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Lotty Wilton : Katherine Kennet
Rose Arnott : Ailsa Dann
Lady Caroline Bramble : Emily Carmichael
Mrs Graves : Rosanna Preston
Mellersh Wilton : Ryan Williams
Frederick Arnott : Paul Isaacs
Anthony Wilding : Tony Sears
Costanza : Anna Dimdore


Production Team

Director : John McSpadyen
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Robert Irvine

Stage Manager : Nichola Vasey
Assistant Director : Laura Corkell
ASMs : David East, Nick Lacey, Richard Davies
Lighting Operator : Jonathan Ringshall
Sound Operator : Chris Shiel
Prompt : Tom Tillery
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Alex Burton, Angelika Michitsch, Emilia Teglia, Wendy Parry and members of the cast & crew

Katherine Kennet
Katherine Kennet is excited, much like her character, to be part of the Enchanted April enterprise. This is Katherine's third production with the Tower Theatre, having been in the cast of Henry V and Talk Radio. Previously Katherine was heavily involved in her university musical theatre and drama groups as cast, director and choreographer. When not in the theatre Katherine works as a doctor in the NHS.
  Ailsa Dann
Enchanted April is Ailsa Dann's third production with the Tower Theatre Company, having previously appeared in Henry V and Trainspotting. Ailsa has trained with City Academy and undertaken classes and workshops with Central School of Speech & Drama, RADA and the Almeida Theatre. When not acting, she can be found producing videos as an editor in academic publishing. Ailsa has also appeared in Visitors with the Woodhouse Players and Buckets with the City Academy Actors Company.
Emily Carmichael
This is production number eleven for Emily Carmichael with the Tower. Earlier this year she performed in Passing the Spoon and her previous two outings - ensemble drama Table and a devised telling of The Canterbury Tales - saw her multi-roleing, singing and performing her beloved physical theatre. By way of getting method for Lady Caroline, Emily will take any opportunity in the interim for a gin and a jolly good lounge about.
  Rosanna Preston
Rosanna Preston returned to acting in 2018 and this is her sixth role at the Tower after appearing in Henry V, Pygmalion, Rules for Living, Census Night and Escaped Alone. Rosanna also acted in and directed performances in the Virtual Tower season, narrated the Five Women - then and now podcast and directed Prodigal as part of the Nick Hern Shorts week. She is delighted to be working again with John McSpadyen and so many of the Henry V cast on such a lovely, optimistic play.
Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams has performed with regional theatres across the UK for over a decade now alongside furthering his studies in Vakhtangov and Method techniques. Before arriving in London, he acted with theatre companies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and even in the U.S. playing roles such as Brick Pollitt in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in The Park. He's appeared in numerous shows as a performer at the Tower since 2018, such as Trainspotting, Dead Funny and The Canterbury Tales.
  Paul Isaacs
Last seen playing Thomas Cranmer in Wolf Hall, Paul Isaacs has previously appeared for the Tower in The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Loot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Slab Boys. Appearances with other companies include The Little Dog Laughed and The Pride (both SLT), Platonov and A Woman of No Importance (both with Acting Gym workshop), Hansel And Gretel (Colour House Theatre) and theatre in education work in Spain.
Tony Sears
This will be Tony Sears' first appearance at the Tower. Tony trained at the Questors Theatre in Ealing and has since been involved in productions there. His acting credits include Ed (Future Conditional), Lord Fancourt Babberly (Charley's Aunt), David/Albert/Julian (Table), Tony (Days of Significance) and Redcoat (Pride and Prejudice). Tony has also been in short excerpts of The Birthday Party, The Wonderful World of Dissociav and Breathing Corpses. After the show, Tony can be found in the bar hoping someone will buy him a drink.
  Anna Dimdore
Anna Dimdore's previous appearances for the Tower were as Hostess Quickly/Captain Gower in Henry V, Karen in Jake's Women, Jane in Speaking in Tongues and Loretta and Edith in Chalet Lines. She also directed Foxfinder and was Assistant Director on Telstar. For other groups she has directed Twelfth Night and Dinner and co-directed The Memory of Water. Off stage she also makes occasional forays into costume and set design and publicity.
John McSpadyen
Since joining the Tower in 2002, John McSpadyen is now in his 32nd year as a Tower member, having been an ASM, SM, sound/ lighting operator, set designer, actor and director. He has been onstage in (amongst others) Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Factory Girls, Translations, Dealer's Choice, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, Farragut North, Hindle Wakes, Pravda and Harvey. His productions as director include Copenhagen, Faith Healer, The Constant Wife, Bash, Speaking in Tongues, Farewell to the Theatre and Henry V. John is also a regular member of the build team for Sunday get-ins.