Leave Taking  
Leave Taking

by Winsome Pinnock

Directed by Landé Belo

Wednesday 21st September - Saturday 1st October, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Mai : Faith Miamba
Enid Matthews : Lina Rhymes
Del Matthews : Chanté Frazer
Viv Matthews : Cerise Angela
Broderick : Maxveal Mclaren


Production Team

Director : Landé Belo
Set Design : Ayo Oluwaleimu
Costume Design : Derin Oluwaleimu
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Patrice North
Assistant Stage Managers : Ruth Sanderson, Jack Pattison
Lighting Operator : Nick Insley or Anna Kidd
Sound Operator : Karima Francis
Set Construction and Get-In : John McSpadyen, Jude Chalk, Angelika Michitsch, Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Rob Hebblethwaite, Alex Burton
Fight Choreographer : Richard Kirby
Dialect & Accent Coach : Julett Burnett
PR & Marketing : Simi Belo
Trailer : Jacques Parraga-Michitsch, Valentina Rios Caro

Faith Rocques
This is Faith Miamba's Tower Theatre debut. She has taken numerous acting classes at the City Lit and trained in the Meisner Technique with the Impulse Company. She was delighted when she came across the Tower Theatre, seeing it as an opportunity to put her new skills into practice. By day Faith works full time as a Psychotherapist for an emergency service and by night she enjoys theatre, writing and going to her local gym.
  Lina Rhymes
Lina Rhymes has performed spoken word at various shows, including as a special guest at the Hackney Empire. Her acting credits include performing in musicals such as Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and Hold Up at local theatres and various scratch nights. She has done some voice over work and has also worked with children providing workshops in poetry and dance. Her creativity extends to hairdressing and dressmaking.
Chanté Frazer
This is Chanté Frazer’s Tower Theatre debut. With experience in delivering exceptional performances across theatre, film, commercials, TV and voiceovers, she is excited to be playing Del in Leave Taking, resonating strongly with her own Caribbean heritage. From a young age Chanté has honed her performance skills through training at Jigsaw Performing Arts School, Identity School of Acting, Middleweek Newton Actors Academy and more. Her recent stage credits include Ethan’s Bell, The History On The Road and The Secret Love Life of Ophelia.
  Maxveal Mclaren
Maxveal Mclaren received his actor training at City Academy and the Identity School of Acting. He has had small speaking parts in various television programmes including Silent Witness, Ted Lasso and Midsomer Murders. Max's theatre debut was this year, in The Gift at the Coventry Criterion where he played the double role of Captain James Davies and James Cheshire. This will be his first performance with the Tower Theatre Company.
Cerise Angela
This is Cerise Angela's first production with the Tower Theatre. She has recently performed at the Arthur Cotterell Theatre and is currently training for a BA in Acting and Performance, with previous training at Identity School of Acting. Cerise also has voice acting credits in audio dramas including Bluebird (2021) and an upcoming project, The Leap, as a variety of characters. Cerise is excited to be a part of Leave Taking and have the opportunity to participate in a play representing her heritage.
  Landé Belo
Landé Belo’s directing credits with the Tower include: Fix Up (2019); I can’t breathe: being black in a time of Covid (part of the Love [and Survival] Festival) (2021) and Mules (2021).  She also worked as Assistant Director on To Kill A Mocking Bird (2018) and Sweat (2020).  During lockdown, she co-produced The Tower Theatre Podcast and directed and acted in various plays on Virtual Tower.    
Her acting credits with the Tower include: Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park; multiple characters in Doctor Faustus; Prudence in The House of Bernarda Alba; Pope Joan/Louise in Top Girls; Jellaby in Arcadia and Cynthia in Sweat.
Previously a member of the Tower Theatre Artistic Team, she currently sits on Tower’s Board of Trustees.   She is an advocate of socially engaged and inclusive programming and has driven various initiatives to bring about more diversity and inclusion to Tower Theatre and the creative arts industry.  She is particularly passionate about promoting black, female voices in theatre.