Spring Forward  

by Lily Guy-Vogel

Directed by Rosie Barwick

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

Elle : Eden Vansittart (5, 6 & 7 March) or Thisakya Dias Gunasekera (8 & 9 March)
Mind : Helen Wieland
Sarah : Ciara Gaughan
Male Ensemble : Mayank Adlakha, Cedric Dumornay & Jack Cavendish


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

Production Team

Director : Rosie Barwick
Assistant Director : Olympia Christofinis
Set Design : Poppy Hill & Lucy White
Costume Design : Laura Coulton
Music : Produced and Composed by Cameron Pike. Composer and Vocals - Karly Lopez. Assistant Producer - Tom Priestley
Intimacy Co-ordinator : Trinidad Prieto

Thisakya Dias
Swipe marks Thisakya Dias's fourth play at the Tower Theatre in the last year - following Homemakers, The Little Prince and Two Billion Beats. In January, she began the Acting Diploma at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, following a Screen Acting course at London School of Music and Dramatic Art.
  Eden Vansittart
Eden Vansittart is an actress based in London and has been performing since she was a child. She trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has co-produced and acted in several fringe shows including the award winning The Devil's Food Cake for the Brighton Fringe Festival, Mummylogues at The Old Red Lion and The Bridge House Theatre, The Dastardly Murder of The Chocolate Souffle at The Rosemary Branch for the Camden Fringe Festival and Acting For Others at the Union Theatre. Eden's voiceover parts include the video game Du Lac and Fey: Dance of Death. She has been in several short films such as Queen and Lionheart and June and July.
Helen Wieland
Helen Wieland first entered the am dram scene while in sixth form through the Sutton Amateur Dramatics Company (or, amusingly, the SAD Company for short). With them, she played Daphne in Present Laughter and the title role in The Ashgirl. This encouraged her to get involved in student theatre societies at the University of Edinburgh, where she studied psychology. At Uni she acted in various short productions (one coincidently directed by another Tower member!) and also got involved in directing. Helen's directing credits include Hangmen and also a Spanish play, ¡Hay motin, compañeras! She is now excited to be playing her second role at the Tower after moving back to London - she appeared as Callie in An IQ Test for my Birthday last December.
  Ciara Gaughan
Swipe is Ciara Gaughan’s debut performance at the Tower Theatre since joining the company in Summer 2023. Having been interested in theatre and dance from an early age, she has found herself performing in musicals, classical and contemporary plays. During her time at university, she performed in numerous shows including Anna Seward in Letters to Emma, Pool (No Water) and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, as well as Less Miserable: Gilbert and Sullivan’s Improbable New Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Mayank Adlakha
Swipe is Mayank Adlakha's first show with the Tower Theatre since joining a couple of months ago. He has been on the stage for as long as he can remember, in the form of acting, dancing or occasionally even rapping. Mayank specializes in physical theatre, having trained at the Jacques Lecoq academy in Paris and has applied this to both classical and contemporary shows. He has appeared as Fagin in Oliver, Ken in Red and most recently he toured with the Acting Gymnasium where he played Quintus in Titus Andronicus.
  Cedric Dumornay
Cedric Dumornay is making his Tower Theatre debut in Swipe just weeks after joining our family. Originally from New York, Cedric is an actor and writer with roots tracing back to his early fascination with theatre and film. His love for performing ignited while living in Haiti, inspired by the timeless antics of Mr. Bean. Trained at Florida Atlantic University in Meisner and Chekhov techniques, he can be seen on screens in the U.S and Europe, featuring in Global campaigns and TV hits like Tosh.0 and Starz's Blindspotting. His stage journey began with the role of Estragon in Waiting for Godot at FAU's main stage. After a TV hiatus, Cedric returns to his first love, the theatre and is delighted to be a part of this wonderful cast and playing his first role at the Tower Theatre.
Jack Cavendish
Jack Cavendish is an actor, writer and director appearing in his first Tower Theatre production. Jack studied biological sciences at Royal Holloway University and has been working as an actor for the last ten years. Jack has a passion for Shakespearian theatre helping to run the Royal Holloway Shakespeare company during his time studying. Theatre credits include: Edmund Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Rose Theatre Kingston), Henry VI in Marriage of Margaret of Anjou (Tower of London), Marty in The Second Woman (Young Vic), Ferret in The Wind in The Willows (Rose Theatre Kingston), Estella in Great Expectations (Rose Theatre Kingston), Macduff in Macbeth (Royal Holloway Shakespeare Company), Angelo in Measure for Measure (Royal Holloway Shakespeare Company), Oliver in WoeBeGone (Bread and Roses), Finn in Night Cap (The Pembroke). Film/TV credits include: Black Mirror (Netflix), Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Lionsgate), Finding Your Feet (Lunar Films).
  Rosie Barwick
Rosie Barwick is an actor and theatre director from South London. She trained in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and movement at the Royal Academy of Dance and the Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. She has a degree in Law and International Relations, and currently works with females with multiple disadvantages. She is particularly interested in Women’s stories and work that explores societal and community issues. She assistant directed Leave Taking (Tower Theatre) and Voices from Home (King’s Head Theatre), and she directed That Almost Unnameable Lust last year.
Lily Guy-Vogel
A lover of all live performance and a voracious consumer of content; Lily Guy-Vogel is a spoken word poet, regular theatre-goer, avid television watcher and fanatic writer. Her body of work usually focuses on female sexual identity in modern society, particularly ideas surrounding sexual autonomy. Lily has been a member of the Tower since 2021, and a part of the Tower’s writer’s group since 2022; she’s had three short pieces produced at the theatre over the last few years. Outside of working with the Tower and her day-job, Lily is currently undertaking a Masters in Scriptwriting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.