Spring Forward  
Distant Early Warning

by Tatty Hennessy

Directed by Feiyang Yang

Tuesday 28 February - Saturday 4 March, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

One of five plays performed together as part of Spring Forward - a collection of short plays directed by members of the Tower's New Directors' scheme.

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Frank : John McSpadyen
Clary : Kate Roche
Maret : Ella Murphy

Production Team

Director : Feiyang Yang
Costume Design : Emma Efkeman
Sound Design: Feiyang Yang
Assistant Director: Matthew Magill


For Spring Forward

Producer: Angharad Ormond
Set Design: Angharad Ormond with Jude Chalk
Lighting Design: Alexander Kampmann

Stage Managers: Ragan Keefer and Jack Pattison
Lighting Operator: Eleanor Albu or Andrew Davis
Sound Operator: Kaushal Ginige
Set Construction and Rigging: Phillip Ley, Keith Syrett, Paul Graves, Laurence Tuerk and members of the company
Fight Director: Richard Kirby

John McSpadyen
Since joining the Tower in 1990, John McSpadyen is now in his 34th 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, Henry V and Enchanted April. John is also a regular member of the build team for Sunday get-ins.
  Kate Roche
Kate Roche is delighted to be playing Clary in Distant Early Warning. She recently worked as Assistant Director and Lighting Operator on the Tower's Beckett double-bill of Play and All That Fall. For the Tower, Kate also played Joanne in Baby Dolls and wrote A Make Believe Summer which was staged last year.
Ella Murphy
Ella Murphy has been a member of the Tower since November and this is her first production with the company. She trained on the foundation course at the Oxford School of Drama last year.
  Feiyang Yang
Feiyang Yang has been with the Tower Theatre for over a year, coming from no theatre background whatsoever. She has had the chance to learn as many aspects as she wanted over the past year, mainly focused on directing. Having assisted three very different plays (Port Authority, Twelfth Night and No Room at the Inn), she could not have found a more perfect play than Distant Early Warning to kick start her first directing project, due to its futuristic nature and alignment to Feiyang’s personal values and passions. Feiyang also loves to learn about sound design and has worked on a few plays as sound designer. She loves analysing characters and back stories, so if you are interested in any of the back stories or concepts from Distant Early Warning, do catch her in the bar!