Improbable Fiction  
Improbable Fiction

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Phillip Ley

Wednesday 2nd - Saturday 12th November, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Arnold Hassock : Sean McMullan
Jess Bales : Julia Blyth
Grace Sims : Stephanie Irvine
Vivvi Dickins : Sophia Chrisafis
Clem Pepp : Tony Sears
Brevis Winterton : Richard Hague
Ilsa Wolby : Isabelle Boreham


Production Team

Director : Phillip Ley
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Jean Carr, Emma Efkeman, Isabel Putt
Lighting Design : Andrew Maxted
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Music : Colin Guthrie
Choreography : Kornelia Adelajda
Action : Richard Kirby

Assistant Director : Pablo Saura
Assistant Set Design : Katrina Mitsi
Stage Management : Jack Pattison, Moira McSperrin
Sound Operator : Chris Shiel
Lighting Operator : Andrew Maxted, Phillip Ley or Anna Kidd
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Max Batty, Andy Hind, Wendy Parry and members of the cast and crew

Sean McMullan
Sean McMullan is making his sixth Tower appearance, a few years after The Producers, Travesties, Chancers, Charley's Aunt and An Enemy of the People. Previous roles elsewhere include Sidney (Deathtrap), Scapino (Scapino), Charlie Brown (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), and various personages in Happy as a Sandbag. Sean also plays trumpet in the Big Swing Band and others.
  Julia Blyth
Julia Blyth is tremendously excited to be in her first Tower Theatre show. She began acting at university, taking part in shows including An Inspector Calls, Cabaret and A Midsummer Night's Dream, then took a super-brief 22 year creative nap before returning to the stage this year as a bright-eyed but somewhat more craggy performer. She has recently, and only, been in KDC Theatre's new writing showcase, You, Me and Noor. Her day job is subtitling live television where she has to watch too much news and too little Strictly.<
Stephanie Irvine
Stephanie Irvine first got involved in acting at university where she performed in student productions. She then pursued a career as a radio journalist, and now works for an environmental charity. Her passion for acting was reignited a few years ago when she joined Arcola Participation and then the Tower company. This is her third production with the Tower, after appearing in Mules in 2021/22 and Coram Boy earlier this year.
  Sophia Chrisafis
Sophia Chrisafis has been a Tower member for several years but this is her first time performing with the group. She has previously run the lighting for one of our shows and has been involved in writing, acting and backstage work with other drama groups around London.
Tony Sears
Improbable Fiction is Tony Sears' second production at the Tower after appearing as Antony Wilding in Enchanted April. Tony originally trained at the Questors Theatre in Ealing, appearing in plays such as Future Conditional, Charley's Aunt and Table. Tony will still be found at the bar after the show waiting for somebody to buy him another drink or three.
  Richard Hague
Richard Hague first appeared at the Tower Theatre some 40 years ago as a Broker's Man in Cinderella and then, earlier this year, as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. In between, he embarked on a theatrical career, having earned his Equity card on London's alternative comedy circuit. A No.1 tour with David Wood's Whirligig Theatre Company followed, and in 1988 he was offered a contract for two plays at the New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme; he ended up staying for six years, racking up nearly 50 productions, and over 1,000 performances. Favourite roles included Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Bottom in the Dream, Willie Mossop in Hobson's Choice, Reg in The Norman Conquests, and Ralph/Sexy Suzie in Bouncers. Other theatre work includes seasons at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Harrogate Theatre, Bolton Octagon, Worcester Swan, Coventry Belgrade, Scarborough Stephen Joseph, Mercury Colchester, and Oldham Coliseum. He was Mr Barraclough in The Archers for BBC R4. TV appearances include the 2,000th episode of Emmerdale, and ITV's Battle of Britain drama, Piece of Cake.
Isabelle Boreham
Improbable Fiction is Isabelle Boreham's first production with the Tower Theatre. Izzy moved to London after university in Cardiff to start working as a Mechanical Engineer. Recently, she has performed with KDC Theatre in The Real Inspector Hound and a new writing showcase, You, Me and Noor.
  Phillip Ley
Phillip Ley first appeared on the Tower stage as a dead body in a sack over half a century ago and in one way or another he has been associated with the company ever since. He gravitated towards the technical side starting with Sound Design and Stage Management and more recently Set Design most notably Blood Wedding, The Slab Boys, The Voysey Inheritance, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Telstar, The Producers, Sailor Beware!, Eigengrau, Chancers and The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband. His directing credits for the Tower include Talk Radio, Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde, Sex Drugs Rock'n'Roll, Telstar and Sailor Beware! He has also devised the Tower Theatre Blues Brothers show and The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue. His musicals Paradise (a Rock'n'Roll Fable) and Return of the Marionettes have both played in London and toured to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. He has performed as bassist in many of the recent Tower musical forays including Little Shop of Horrors, Paradise (a Rock'n'Roll Fable), Smokey Joe's Café, Lark Rise, The Boy Friend, The Producers and Return of the Marionettes.