Sara Randall : Life Member and former Artistic Director


Sara Randall, a Tower member for 60 years died at the age of 86 in January 2024. She was a key figure in the Company for much of that time; she directed about 45 plays and served as Artistic Director three times. She was a Life Member and received the Harold Mellor Award in 2014.



 

Tom Tillery and Laurence Tuerk write :
"With the recent death of Sara Randall, the Tower has lost one of its strongest pillars of the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Sara joined the Company in 1966 and her first performance as an actress was Lady Macbeth in a production directed by Robert Pennant Jones.
In her early days at the Tower she played in The Three Sisters, A View from the Bridge, as Flora Goforth in the British première of Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore and as Iris in the worth première of Bernard Kops' Stray Cats and Empty Bottles.
She first directed at the Tower with The Trigon. She went on to direct over 40 productions including her own musical compilations Footlight Frolics and Sing for Your Supper. She directed three major shows which were presented at the Minack theatre in Cornwall - our first visit there in 1979 with Trelawny of the 'Wells', Return to the Forbidden Planet in 1998, which won the theatre's annual award for the best production of the season, and Mack and Mabel in 2000. She led the Company on its first visit to Rockport in the U.S.A. and also to Prague with The Comedy of Errors. She directed the first British performance of Coward's This Was a Man and took it to Gibraltar for their International Theatre Festival. She also instigated the annual tours to Paris with a Shakespeare play and a visit to Plymouth (with Coward's Corner).

Sara was the Tower's Artistic Director three times - firstly from 1974-1978, then from 1981 and latterly from 1991 until we left Canonbury in 2003.

Sara had a life-long involvement in theatre. After training as a secretary, she worked as a stage manager and actress at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cardiff. She spent two years in Paris working in various experimental 'workshops' and learning French. Returning to London she joined Unity Theatre. During the day she worked as a freelance secretary to Benn Levy, Christopher Logue, Bernard Kops and Irene Worth and then spent nine months in Devon working for Ronald Duncan. She adapted three of Duncan's plays for television and arranged the first performance of Duncan's Abelard and Heloise at the Arts Theatre. She reviewed amateur drama and books for The Times Educational Supplement, later joining Dina Lom of Lom Management, developing her own department for young writers. She then formed her own very successful theatrical agency, Saraband Associates.
Sara will be greatly missed."

 


Sara (far right) with the company of Hay Fever, one of the last shows she directed, in 2008.
Photo by Alexander Knapp.


A selection of Tower Theatre Company shows that Sara appeared in.