All That Fall  
All That Fall

by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Robert Pennant Jones

Tuesday 31 January - Saturday 4 February, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Performed as a radio play in a double-bill with Play, also by Samuel Beckett.

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Mrs. Rooney : Linda Shannon
Christy : Alan Maddrell
Mr. Tyler : Bob Hough
Mr. Slocum : Kevin Furness
Tommy : James Johnston
Mr. Barrell : Tom Tillery
Miss Fitt : Emma Cornford
Mr. Rooney : John Chapman
Other voices : Lucy Moss, Julia Blyth, Owen Jones


Production Team

Director : Robert Pennant Jones
Set Design : Isaac Insley
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk

Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Assistant Director & Lighting Operator : Kate Roche
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk

Linda Shannon
Linda Shannon has been involved in the world of amateur theatre for more years than she is prepared to admit to. Highlights include 5 shows at the Minack Theatre over the years and participation in the RSC’s project Open Stages, culminating in a performance on the RSC’s main stage at Stratford on Avon. A retired drama teacher, she has an MA in Text and Performance from RADA/Kings. Linda now spends her time volunteering, including at Shakespeare’s Globe, and co-ordinating a Shakespeare Study group for the U3A. When not doing that, she enjoys travelling all over the world.
  Alan Maddrell
Alan Maddrell played Joe Meek in the Tower's production of Telstar and Tristan Tzara in Travesties. Shows with other companies include Dracula, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Black Comedy (KDC); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Gross Indecency, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Taming of the Shrew (SEDOS). He also co-wrote The War of the Waleses, co-directed The Provoked Wife and directed Ubu Rex for KDC.
Bob Hough
Bob Hough's fortune has declined since his first role with the Tower Theatre as God in Kleinzeit. Subsequently he has gone downhill: tortured half to death in Death and the Maiden; abandoned in Endgame; kicked and crushed to death respectively in Entertaining Mr Sloane and The Crucible; a heart attack in Baba Shakespeare; but as Blenkinsop in The Doctor's Dilemma he was dragged from death's door by a miracle serum. He survived to the end of the evening as the old shabby Carr in Travesties. No danger anticipated in All that Fall. Elsewhere he was a member of Personas Libro (Project Fahrenheit 451); details on request.
  Kevin Furness
Kevin Furness' eighth appearance with the Tower Theatre, having appeared in 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, Pygmalion, Penny From Heaven, Port Authority, Bouncers and Ghost Stories.
James Johnson
James Johnston made his first appearance on the Tower stage in January 1989 in a production of Chicken Soup With Barley, although this was principally because his mother Carmel - playing the part of Bessie - was heavily pregnant with him at the time. After three decades of "resting" he returned to the Tower in September 2021 and has so far appeared as Richard in The Court Must Have a Queen, DC Moody in Maryland, Ralph in Bouncers and Henri in Mosquitoes.
  Emma Cornford
Emma Cornford's third production with the Tower. She made her debut last year in Death and the Maiden and appeared in Ghost Stories as one half of a Satanist couple in A Ten Minute Play About Rosemary's Baby. Emma is a Drama teacher of many years' standing and currently works in an East London secondary school.
Tom Tillery
Born and educated in the West of Scotland Tom Tillery's first stage appearance was as the Knave of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland while still a schoolboy over 60 years ago. He broadcast regularly on BBC Children's Hour before moving to London and joining the Tower Theatre in 1959. He has appeared in over 170 productions in London, the East and West Coasts of America, France (Arles and Paris), Austria, Germany, Gibraltar and Prague. He was in the London premieres of The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, Vatzlav, The Car Cemetery and This Was a Man. Ventures into musicals have included Percival Browne in The Boy Friend, Cardinal Pirelli in Valmouth and the Emcee in Cabaret. Favourite roles include Jack in Home, Pickering in Pygmalion, Jaques in As You Like It and Sadie Spangle in Goldilocks and the Three Bears. He worked at the Royal Opera House as Music Librarian for over 25 years and contributed programme notes for the Royal Ballet, Sadlers Wells Ballet and the English National Ballet. His own programme collection contains over 6500 programmes. He was pleased to serve on the Olivier Awards Panel in 2004.
  John Chapman
John Chapman has appeared in/directed over 150 productions. Somewhat of a “latecomer” to the Tower Theatre he debuted as Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (2012) and has since been in another dozen or so Tower productions. Most recently he flew solo in Krapp’s Last Tape. In 2016 he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation. He's had a long association with the works of Alan Ayckbourn and has directed Bedroom Farce and The Boy who Fell into a Book for the Tower. During lockdown he set up and co-ordinated the company’s online initiative, Virtual Tower, producing over 30 evenings of entertainment. He also spends time watching and reviewing online theatre for his syndicated blog 2nd From Bottom.
Robert Pennant Jones
Robert Pennant Jones joined the Tower in 1962 and has been involved as an actor or director in around 50 shows. His recent roles include King Lear, Prospero in The Tempest and The Old Man in Doctor Faustus. His directorial debut at the Tower, in 1963, was Waiting for Godot; since then he has directed and/or acted in all of Beckett's major All That Falls. He met Beckett in 1975. His most recent production as Director was Krapp's Last Tape last year. He produced The Genius of Christopher Marlowe for the Rose Theatre Trust with an illustrious cast of classical actors, including five theatrical knights. In 2021 he published his book First ACT Shakespeare.