Largo Desolato
Largo Desolato

by Vàclav Havel
English version by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Jonathan Lermit

Tuesday 8th -
Saturday 12th April, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
at Theatro Technis

Photography by Ruth Anthony

Professor Leopold Nettles : James McKendrick
Edward : Matthew Pert
Suzana : Anna Raine
First Sidney : Yasir Senna
Second Sidney : Katie Smith
Lucy : Emily Carmichael
Bertram : Ian Grant
First Chap : John Irvine
Second Chap : Niall Bishop
Marguerite : Anna Whitelock

Production Team
Director : Jonathan Lermit
Set Design : Wendy Parry
Lighting Design : Leonard Bacica

Stage Manager : Anuśka Zaremba-Pike
ASM : Helen Finnegan
Lighting Operator : David Balfour
Sound Operator : Conor Byrne
Wardrobe Advisor : Simona Hughes
Set Construction and Get-in : Phillip Ley, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, Michael Bettell and members of the cast & crew

This is James McKendrick's second Tower production; he played the tragic postman Yegor in Dying For It last year. Other acting credits include Dinner (Mike), Glengarry Glen Ross (Shelley Levene), Separate Tables (John Malcolm), The Real Inspector Hound (Birdboot), Antigone (Creon) and 45 Minutes To Go (Jerry), for which he received best actor award at the Waltham Forest Festival. He has directed Jim Cartwright's Road, Two and Bed, the latter receiving best play and best director awards at last year's Waltham Forest Festival. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringe Festivals and in productions that transferred to the Orange Tree Theatre and Riverside Studios.
Largo Desolato will be Emily Carmichael's fourth appearance in a Tower production, having previously performed in Bloody Poetry, The Deep Blue Sea and Dying For It with the company. A graduate of the London School of Dramatic Art, she is also an active member of the Woodhouse Players in Leytonstone (Our Country's Good, What the Butler Saw, Bed, A Separate Peace, The Acid Test and an original piece, Within Required Parameters) and has featured in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Road with Network Theatre. Emily is in equal parts excited and nervous to be playing Isabella in an open-air production of Measure for Measure with the Greek Theatre Players in June.
This is Katie Smith's second production with the Tower Theatre; the first was as Minnie in The Doctor's Dilemma last year. Her previous acting experience includes roles in A Taste of Honey, Shakers, Pericles, Macbeth and Fen among others, in fringe venues across London and Edinburgh, as well as TV experience that includes Casualty. Katie also performed as a dancer in the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. She has an M.A. in English Literature.
In 2011, having played Tom in KDC's Cabride, Yasir Senna joined the Tower and was cast as Edward Grey in Her Naked Skin. The following year he played Dr Julio in South London's The White Devil and Heinrich in SEDOS' Push Up. Last year he played Henry in KDC's The Player Played as well as appearing in Network Theatre's Faustus and Antigone. Yasir also had his own play, Rumble, staged in 2013 courtesy of Beyond Theatre. In November the play, which is about a woman fighting a constructive dismissal instigated by her male bosses, will be re-staged at the Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton.
As a native Australian Anna Raine completed Theatresports Classes and NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) corporate programmes in Sydney. She also participated in Theatresports Championships during the late 1990s, based on Viola Spolin's Theater Games. After moving to New York in 2001, Anna completed her training with The New Actors Workshop in Manhattan and performed in Friday Night Improv, Scene Nights, and Story Theatre. This is her first Tower Theatre production.
This is Matthew Pert's first production with the Tower having previously acted with Woodhouse Players (Pygmalion, A Voyage Round my Father, Our Country's Good, The Real Inspector Hound), Madrid Players (Macbeth) and RBS Theatre Group (Tartuffe). He is looking forward to the experience.
This is Ian Grant's third production with the Tower Theatre Company following The Taming of the Shrew (Theatro Technis and Paris) in 2013 and the title role in Britannicus (Tower Theatre) in 1972. Other theatre has included Macbeth (Cockpit Theatre), Hamlet (Little Wood and Bridewell), The Recruiting Officer (Minack Theatre); The Beaux' Stratagem (Penzance Arts Centre); Pericles (Minack Theatre); The Comedy of Errors (touring and ADC); Measure for Measure (touring); Troilus and Cressida (Minack Theatre); The Memorandum (Pembroke College); Poor Bitos (Fitzwilliam College) and Tom Jones (Bury Hall, Gosport). He has also directed, including Adventures in the Skin Trade (Fitzwilliam College).
John Irvine's previous roles have included Borkin in Ivanov, Tropatchov in The Parasite (aka Fortune's Fool), Sir Toby in Twelfth Night, Freud in A Knife In The Whale, Sorin in The Seagull, Matvey in A Month In The Country, Duke Senior in As You Like It, Jim in Breathing Corpses, DS Ross in Breaking The Code, and Sir Charles Gill in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. His credits with the Tower include Telstar, Dying For It, Her Naked Skin, 5/11, Macbeth, Princess Ivona and The Trial. His next role will be Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing.
Largo Desolato is Niall Bishop's first appearance for the Tower Theatre. A native of the West of Ireland, he trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, as well as the Dublin's renowned Focus Theatre. He is currently a student at the Central School of Speech and Drama..
Anna Whitelock is making her second appearance with the Tower Theatre Company - she performed in The Taming of the Shrew last year. She has been involved with theatre for 15 years both in the UK and Canada. Her previous acting experience includes roles in Sister Mary Explains It All To You and The Diary of Anne Frank with KDC in London and in Pains of Youth and Orchidelirium with Theatre Voce in Toronto. Anna has trained at Mountview and at the Central School of Speech and Drama.