Farragut North
Farragut North
by Beau Willimon

Directed by Michael Bettell

Tuesday 29th September -
Saturday 3rd October, 2015

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre

Read the review on London Theatre 1

Photography by Ruth Anthony
Stephen Bellamy : Brad Johnson
Paul Zara : Harry Reeder
Molly : Olivia Barton-Fisher
Ben : Sam Macqueen
Tom Duffy : John McSpadyen
Ida Horowitz : Jill Ruane
Frank : Nigel Oram
Waitress : Bianca Beckles-Rose
Production Team
Director : Michael Bettell
Set Design : Rosie Shipman
Costume Design : Jennifer Kohn
Assisted by Lily Ann Coleman
Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Sound Design : Leon Chambers
Assistant Director : Fred Janaway

Stage Manager : Eleanor Corrigan
Assistant Stage Manager : Maiken Fjellstad
Lighting Operator : Caroline Cronin
Sound Operator : Michael Bettell
Make-up : Angi Malicki
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Rosie Shipman, Adam Taylor, Phillip Ley, John McSpadyen, Laurence Tuerk
Publicity Co-ordinator : Sue Brodie

Brad Johnson is delighted to have been given the opportunity to help bring such a great script to a London stage with Farragut North - his first Tower show. He most recently appeared in SEDOS' Americana, also at the Bridewell, after a year-long part-time acting course at City Lit. This was preceded by acting in two KDC shows : The Player Played and Keeping In Touch With Temptation.
Harry Reeder has acted in many plays with the Tower Theatre since his first role as Monty in Chicken Soup with Barley in 1989. His most recent productions were Moonlight and Magnolias (2012), Entertaining Mr Orton (London production, 2013) and The Winterling (2013). He has also recently been involved with a couple of productions with London Theatre Workshop in Fulham : Ah Wilderness (2014) and Imperial Boys (working title - 2015). He is a big House of Cards fan and is delighted to be playing Paul.
Olivia Barton-Fisher is originally from Melbourne. She has been acting from a young age with various acting schools and theatre companies. Her credits outside of the Tower Theatre Company include The Crucible, The Kid and The Priory. Farragut North will be her second show since joining the Tower earlier this year; prior to this she played Jane in Little Nell.
Sam Macqueen's role as Ben in Farragut North will be his third Tower show since March this year, having performed in both King Lear and Farewell to the Theatre. It will also sadly be his last show with the Tower for three years as he is going to study at Rose Bruford college.
John McSpadyen is now in his 26th year as a Tower member, having been an ASM, SM, technical operator, set designer, actor and director. He has been onstage in (amongst others) Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Factory Girls, Translations, Dealer's Choice and Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll. His productions as director include Copenhagen, Faith Healer, The Constant Wife, Bash, Speaking in Tongues and Farewell to the Theatre. In between shows, he can generally be found wielding a power tool at a Sunday get-in. Away from the Tower, John bakes shortbread and watches TV quiz shows.
Jill Ruane joined the Tower in 2007 and since then has been involved in many shows, both on stage and behind the scenes. Most recently, Jill played the part of Goneril in the Tower's production of King Lear in London and Paris. Other acting credits with the Tower include Sarah in Speaking in Tongues, Una in Blackbird, Christine in Miss Julie, Woman in Bash - Medea Redux and Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Nigel Oram's early acting experience included productions with Bournemouth Shakespeare Players (Salerio in The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Roderigo in Othello). Since moving to London in '89, he has sung with Chorus of ASMF, Opera del Mar (Carmen/The Magic Flute), Figaro Opera (Masetto/Don Giovanni), Harrow Opera (Ribbing/A Masked Ball, Masetto/Don Giovanni), Imperial Productions (Father/Prodigal Son) and Midsummer Opera (Monk/Don Carlos). He appeared as a Victorian industrialist/businessman in the Pandemonium sequence of the Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony. He currently sings with New London Chamber Choir, specializing in contemporary music. This is his first acting role with the Tower, having previously operated lighting/sound for Major Barbara, Travesties and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
Bianca Beckles-Rose is an avid follower of this writer's work, and proud to take part in her second production with the Tower. A BRIT School graduate, GSA and Fourth Monkey Theatre Co. affiliate, she enjoys diverse contemporary, physical and musical performances; credits include Eigengrau, A Clockwork Orange, Bright Lights Big City and BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night. Reprising her performance as Eigengrau character, Cassie, Bianca is currently working on a film production starring as a Feminist Activist.