Labour of Love  
Labour of Love

by James Graham

Directed by Simona Hughes

Wednesday 5 - Saturday 15 July, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Giulia Paratelli

Cast List

David : Liam Stewart
Jean : Helen McGill
Elizabeth : Sophie Platts-Martin
Len : Matthew Ibbotson
Margot : Chaachi Deane
Mr Shen : James Taverner


Production Team

Director : Simona Hughes
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design: Nick Insley
Sound Design: Feiyang Yang
Video Design : Harry Tomlin

Stage Manager : Roanne Insley
Assistant Directors : Emily Carmichael, Ruth Kirby
Assistant Stage Manager : Ella Jones Meyer
Movement Director : Nevana Stojkov
Lighting Operator : Shira David or Millie Weston
Sound Operator : David East
Make-up and Hair : Alexa Wall
Set Dressing and Props : Isaac Insley
Set Construction and Rigging : John McSpadyen, Keith Syrett, Eliza Insley and members of the cast & crew

Liam Stewart
Labour of Love will be Liam Stewart’s debut performance with the Tower Theatre having only joined in April this year. He has previously performed as part of a comedy group including several successful shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and hosted his own popular monthly stand-up comedy night. Liam is a local Drama Teacher and is looking forward to working with Labour of Love’s talented cast so he can "practice what he preaches".
  Helen McGill
Helen McGill has been a Tower member since 2014 and has been a variety of productions since then. Most recently, the new writing showcase last Christmas and the Queers monologues, in which she played Alice. She is very much looking forward to tackling the powerhouse that is Jean Whittaker in this fantastic play.
Sophie Platts-Martin
This is Sophie Platts-Martin’s third production with Tower, having recently played Linda in Pal Joey and Olivia in Twelfth Night. She is no stranger to the world of am-dram, having performed in numerous productions with SEDOS and other theatrical societies. When Sophie isn’t prancing around on stage, you can find her elbow-deep in cake batter or drawing things.
  Matthew Ibbotson
Matthew Ibbotson studied Drama at the University of East Anglia and joined the Tower in 2018. His performing credits include Sidney in Kafka's Dick, Luke in Gainsbourough's Girls, Major Calendar in A Passage To India, Les in Bouncers and Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. This year he has provided Sound Design for productions of Consent and Richard III and is looking forward to returning to the stage as Len in Labour of Love.
Chaachi Deane
Chaachi Deane joined the Tower earlier this year and Labour of Love is her second production with the company. She has been passionate about drama and music from a young age and performed in a variety of productions during her school and university days. After an extended break, she has found her way back to acting and singing and attends a weekly musical theatre workshop at the City Lit. Alongside this she works as a teacher working with students who are not within the mainstream system due to exclusion or SEND.
  James Taverner
James Taverner is excited to be performing in his first production with the Tower Theatre. His previous acting credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (SEDOS), Obsession (KDC Theatre), The Wizard of Oz (Beijing Playhouse) and Road Music at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is a regular improv performer with the groups AdLibretto and Comediasians.
Simona Hughes
Simona Hughes completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated (with distinction) in 2019. She is one of the Artistic Directors at the Tower Theatre and has been a company member for 20 years, during which time she has served on the Management Committee and both acted and directed. Directing credits at Tower include Coram Boy, A Passage to India, Table, Love Love Love & Brontë. Elsewhere she has directed (short pieces) at Theatre 503, Vault Festival, The Bread and Roses and The Pit (Barbican) and has written and directed her own play About 500, which was staged at The Union, The Omnibus and The King’s Head and was nominated for 3 awards.  Simona is particularly interested in using movement and in deep exploration of text/subtext and character in her work. Her original training was in psychotherapy and this has definitely influenced the way she explores the layers of meaning and motivation in drama.