Under Milk Wood  
Under Milk Wood

by Dylan Thomas

Directed by Edwina Dorman

Wednesday 7 - Saturday 17 June, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Giulia Paratelli

Cast List (in order of speaking)

Dave Wainwright : Narrator
Nick Hall : Captain Cat, Organ Morgan
Richard Pedersen : 1st drowned, Rev. Eli Jenkins, Mr Pritchard, Mr Pugh
David Bunce : 2nd drowned, Mr Waldo, Utah Watkins, Butcher Beynon, Dicky
Flavia Corina Di Saverio : Rosie Probert, Mrs Dai Bread Two, Johnny Cristo, Buttercup
Colin Guthrie : 3rd drowned, Evans the Death, Willy Nilly, Dai Bread, Nogood Boyo, Accordion player
Carlos Fain-Binda : 4th drowned, Mog Edwards, Mr Ogmore, Cherry Owen
Tom Tillery : 5th drowned, Voice of the Guide Book
Kelly Guibal : Myfanwy Price, Mae Rose-Cottage, Gwennie, Theodosia
Matt Cranfield : Jack Black, PC Atilla Rees, Lord Cut-Glass, Sinbad, Fisherman
Louisa Shindle : Mother, Mrs Willy Nilly, Mrs Beynon, Meg
As Richards : Mrs Waldo, Mrs Utah Watkins, Mrs Pugh, Mrs Dai Bread One, Daisy
Caroline Cromwell : Gossamer Beynon, Lily Smalls, Maggie Richards, Child, Peg
Scarlett Malone : Lil the Gluepot, Polly Garter, Mrs Cherry Owen, Fan from the Castle
Vyvian Shaw : Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard, Bessie Bighead, Mary Ann Sailors, Mrs Organ Morgan
Other parts played by members of the company


Production Team

Director : Edwina Dorman
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Costume Design : Emma Efkeman, Anna Lindén, Isabel Putt
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley
Original music by Colin Guthrie and Stanley Piper
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie

Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Assistant Directors : Anna Lindén, Arianna Folini
Lighting Operator : Keir Forde
Sound Operator : Stanley Piper
Set Construction : Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett, Max Batty, Phillip Ley, Maxx, Alex Burton, Stephanie Grundy, Gary O’Keefe, Osato Emumwen, Kira Rodić, Laura Coulton, Laura Duckett & members of the cast and crew

Nick Hall
Fresh from playing King Edward IV in Richard III, this is Nick Hall's fourth full show with the Tower; previously he played Christie in Gainsborough's Girls and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. As Macbeth he was one of Tower's "King's Players” performing Shakespeare à la Carte at the British Embassy in Paris; as Thomas Cromwell in The Court Must Have a Queen; John in American Gothic; and Basil Hallwood/Dad in The Pictures of Dora Gray (Writer’s Room). With Jumble Theatre Company, he performed in Pieces of Home (a monologues show) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest.
  Richard Pedersen
Richard Pedersen last appeared on the Tower stage in The Merchant of Venice and his previous productions in this theatre have been in Breaking the Code and The Seagull. Having joined the company in 1989, Richard had been involved in over 50 productions as actor, director, stage manager and operator. He has also been involved in 19 tours to the Jardin Shakespeare in Paris. The last time he played a Welshman, however, was in Night Must Fall, about 40 years ago.
Vyvian Shaw
Vyvian Shaw joined the Tower in 1993 and has appeared in several musicals including The Wind in the Willows and The Producers, both taken to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Three years ago as the pandemic hit she was rehearsing 5 Women which has since been released as an audio play. Since then, back in the theatre, she's appeared in Escaped Alone, Coram Boy (in London and Cornwall),Ghost Stories and, most recently, That Almost Unnameable Lust.
  Louisa Shindle
Louisa Shindle joined the Tower Theatre in 2007. Her acting credits include Mrs Bradman in Blithe Spirit, Betty Chumley in Harvey, The Laundress in The Trial, Kitty in Taking Steps and (for SEDOS) Cora in Gormenghast. She regularly sings soprano in opera choruses and was recently cast in Harrow Opera's May 2023 production of The Magic Flute. She is thrilled to join her new neighbours in the magical village of Llareggub.
Scarlett Malone
Scarlett Malone is a Hackney-born freelance actor, theatre maker and facilitator. She is the founder and director of Culford Theatre CIC, a theatre company and community for early career theatre makers. She studied classical acting at LAMDA and completed a foundation in acting at Mountview Academy. This is her debut production at the Tower; her previous acting work includes The Alternative Miss World at Shakespeare's Globe, Slam Minutes does Mental Health, La Clima Esta Cambiando with the National Youth Theatre and Pan (a living exhibition) at Frieze Art Fair. For more information on Scarlett's work check out her web site scarlettmalone.com or come say hi in the bar after the show!
  Flavia Corina Di Saverio
This is Flavia Corina Di Saverio's third show at the Tower, after appearing in Antigone and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Flavia has been involved in amateur theatre on and off since she was a child, and over the years she has combined her passion for foreign languages with the stage, performing in Italian, French, English and Spanish. Back in Italy, her main stage credits included roles in Cinderella, Pygmalion, Round Heads and Pointed Heads, Black Comedy and Our Town. Elsewhere in London, she has played Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island and nine different characters (including a cat!) in an adaptation of Three Men in a Boat, both for Putney Theatre Company. Most recently, Flavia has directed Lynndie’s Gotta Gun for Spring Forward, and The Interview for Ghost Stories, and is excited to be back onstage.
As Richards
Under Milk Wood is As Richards' debut performance at the Tower Theatre; she joined the Company last year. She has been a member of the Park Theatre Company (and its previous iterations) for several years. With them she has played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (abridged); John Proctor in The Crucible (abridged), and appeared in several new pieces written by Martin Murphy (Bruised Sky Productions) including the award-winning Jury. She is delighted to have been invited to be part of Under Milk Wood.
  Kelly Guibal
This is Kelly Guibal's debut Tower performance; she joined as a member in March 2023. Hailing from France, Kelly trained in Madrid and graduated in Acting at the New York Film Academy in New York. Her credits include The Importance of being Earnest as Cecily Cardew, As You Like It as Rosalind and A Midsummer's Night Dream as Puck. She landed in London five years ago and she is thrilled to be a part of the cast of this special and timeless classic, Under the Milk Wood!
Caroline Cromwell
This is Caroline Cromwell's second production with the Tower Theatre; she appeared last summer as Alice Asbhrook in Coram Boy in London and at the Minack Theatre. She is an American actress currently based in London. She received her MFA in Acting from East 15. Other recent credits include Third Woman in The River at the Corbett Theatre, Marget in Incognito at the Bridewell Theatre, Ghost of Christmas Present/Fezziwig at East 15, and Jaques in As You Like It at East 15's Residency at the Globe Theatre.
  Colin Guthrie
Colin Guthrie has acted, directed and musical directed for many Tower shows since joining in 1985. Musical directing credits include The Return of the Marionettes, The Producers (which won the coveted Minack Trophy in 2014), and, most recently, Coram Boy, for which he also composed the music. Colin has composed music for many Tower shows, including David Copperfield, Lark Rise and 1984. Acting credits include Kafka’s Dick, Her Naked Skin and Shining City. Directing credits include The Voysey Inheritance, as well as the last play to be produced at the Tower’s old home in Canonbury, Strangers on a Train. Colin was also a BBC Radio Drama Sound Engineer and Director for thirty years, and regularly worked in Studio 6A in Broadcasting House, from where the original production of Under Milk Wood was broadcast.
Matt Cranfield
Matt Cranfield was last seen as Rockfist Slim in The Boy who Fell into a Book last year. Previously, he appeared as Dad in Kensuke's Kingdom, Turing in Breaking the Code, Henry in Love, Love, Love and Lust in Doctor Faustus.
  Dave Wainwright
Dave Wainwright first appeared on stage in a National Youth Theatre production of Henry IV Part 2 in 1971, at the Shaw Theatre in London. He trained in physical theatre/mime with Desmond Jones and in circus skills at the London Circus School, worked as a story-teller in schools, and was a member of the impro group TheatreSports. For the last 15 years he has sung in a variety of choirs. Since retiring in 2022 from his professional life (as a campaigner, and project manager in the voluntary and public sectors) he has returned to his first love, the theatre. He is a recent alumni of the Park Theatre Company in Finsbury Park. Under Milk Wood is his first appearance at the Tower Theatre.
Carlos Fain-Binda
Carlos Fain-Binda found his way to the Tower four years ago, after completing a three-week acting class at Central School and rediscovering his enthusiasm for all things theatre. Since then he has appeared as an ensemble member in The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Jay in Ursa Major, Oscar in Sweat and Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  David Bunce
David Bunce has recently joined the Tower Theatre Company, and Under Milk Woodis his first venture into the world of theatre.
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.
  Edwina Dorman
Edwina Dorman trained at Rose Bruford's and then read English and American literature at the University of Kent. After university she formed her first theatre company creating six original works touring former Yugoslavia, France, U.S.A and U.K. Her company has performed at many venues including the London International Mime Festival, the Roundhouse, the Cockpit Theatre Jackson's Lane, Warwick Arts Centre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Past productions also include King Lear, The Homecoming, The Caretaker, The Maids, A Taste of Honey, The Spirit of Aphra Behn, Twelfth Night, Top Girls and The House of Bernarda Alba. She has taught in many drama schools including LAMDA, RADA, Rose Bruford's and the Drama Studio, London where she was course tutor of the directing course. This is her first production for the Tower Theatre.