Spring Forward  
Telling It

by Anne Connell

Directed by Liam Stewart

Tuesday 5 - Saturday 9 March, 2024

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

One of three 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

DI Lesley Mander : Nina Sprigge
DS Gary Burwood : Henry McMenamin
Alison : Lucy Moss
Neil : Richard Kirby

Production Team

Director : Liam Stewart
Assistant Director : Holly Causer
Set Design : Chris Shiel
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison


For Spring Forward

Artistic Team Lead : Landé Belo
Lighting Design: Nick Insley
Sound Design and Operation: Matthew Ibbotson
Stage Manager: Anna Kidd
Assistant Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Lighting Operator: Sandra Reveira

Nina Sprigge
Nina Sprigge has just joined the Tower and will be appearing in Telling It. She worked in theatre throughout her 20s. Productions included Antigone, Blue Remembered Hills, Mary Rose and numerous productions with the London New Play Festival. She toured Shakespeare round German schools, ran a touring Theatre Company, and worked as an Actor-guide at the Museum of the Moving Image. After having children, she retrained as a teacher and began work in Museum and Heritage Education, including story building at Discover, playing a Victorian school teacher at The Ragged School Museum, and managing the Primary School Programme at the Museum of London for 17 years. She now works part-time facilitating primary school sessions about the Romans and the Great Fire of London. She is excited to be part of the Tower Theatre Company.
  Henry McMenamin
Henry McMenamin (Tom Bailey) first joined the Tower over 25 years ago - so long ago he can’t remember many of the productions he was involved with; Pygmalion and Mother Goose come to mind though. Tom studied at Mountview Theatre School when it was based in North London, however acting took a back seat to building a career as an Engineer and raising a family. Now with more time on his hands he has come back to his first love. His first production since returning was The Gift last year and he's now very excited to have been cast in Telling It as DS Gary Burwood.
Lucy Moss
Lucy Moss is an actor, writer, and occasional director. Her first role at the Tower Theatre was Irina in The Seagull in 2018, and since then she's appeared in Dead Funny, Talk Radio, Metamorphosis, Mules, Nine Night, Play, Richard III and various other Tower Theatre productions. Films include Pump and Dump, and she also loves a bit of wardrobe and costume design. She's a born and bred Londoner and loves that Tower Theatre is on her doorstep.
  Richard Kirby
Richard Kirby graduated from the City Lit in 2004 after spending many years in various drama groups in North London. He has been a Tower member for 16 years (where does the time go? His performances include the March Hare and Mock Turtle in Curiouser and Curiouser, Seldom Bucket in Maskerade, the Gravedigger and Player King in Hamlet and Lane in The Importance of Being Earnest. He was Assistant Director for Macbeth. He played Leonato and Don John in a touring production of Much Ado About Nothing and has also been fight director for several Tower productions.
Liam Stewart
Telling It is Liam Stewart first show as director for the Tower; he joined last April and appeared as David in Labour of Love in the summer. He had 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.
  Anne Connell
Anne Connell has been a Tower member for many decades; acting, writing, assistant-directing, working backstage and propping up the bar. Acting credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, Habeas Corpus, Under Milk Wood and Bedroom Farce. Writing credits include co-authorship of Curiouser and Curiouser - performed at the Minack in 2008. Due to relocation - of both the theatre and herself - she hasn't been able to continue with acting, and is increasingly interested in developing as a writer. She is hoping that the production of her short play will be the start of a way of continuing her relationship with the company, and is very grateful for this opportunity.