The Night Heron  
The Night Heron

by Jez Butterworth

Directed by Fred Janaway

Tuesday 10th -
Saturday 14th May, 2016

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by David Sprecher
Jess Wattmore : Simon Lee
Griffin : Roger Beaumont
Bolla Fogg : Michelle-Louise Wright
Royce : Dickon Farmar
Neddy Beagle : Martin South
Dougal : Bernard Brennan
Boy (Jonathan) : Sam Macqueen
Tors : Richard Pedersen
Child : Eliza Insley
Production Team
Director : Fred Janaway
Set Design : Keith Syrett, Rosie Shipman & Michael Bettell
Costume Design : Lily Ann Coleman
Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Sound Design : Rob Ellis

Stage Manager : Ann Watchorn
Assistant Director : Jill Ruane
ASMs : Jill Ruane, Richard Pedersen
Lighting Operator : Ellie Parfitt
Sound Operator : Nigel Oram
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Bernard Brennan, Max Batty, Rosie Shipman, Phillip Ley, John McSpadyen, Alan Wilkinson
Publicity Co-ordinator : Amy Wackett

This is Simon Lee's first appearance with the Tower after many years away from the stage and he's enjoyed working with such a professional and talented team. Simon has performed at the English Theatre of Hamburg, playing Jerry in Betrayal, has toured Europe with the London Production company, playing Ralph Austin in Butterflies are Free and has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe festival playing Alec/Angel in Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Other theatre credits include John Worthing in The Importance of being Earnest, Maugrim in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Marat in The Promise, MacHeath in The Beggar's Opera, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Gray Meredith in A Bill of Divorcement and Dr Kemp/Flegg in Warrior. Simon also performed on the London comedy circuit with The Monochromes, a musical Trio performing a delightful mixture of comedy and 40s/50s "crooning" songs.
Roger Beaumont's directing credits include - For the Tower Theatre : Chapter Two, Aladdin, Neville's Island, Outside Edge, The Gay Detective, Speed-The-Plow, The Birthday Party, A Doll's House, Miss Julie, Blackbird, Endgame, The Winterling, The Last of the Haussmans and Hedda Gabler; For Questors Theatre : Design for Living, Streetcar Named Desire, Closer, Duet for One, Waiting for Godot, Festen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Humble Boy and All My Soms; For SEDOS : Three Sisters and Boeing Boeing. Acting credits for the Tower Theatre include Eddy in Greek, Burton in Burn This, Benny in My Night with Reg, Ray Say in Little Voice, Lopahkin in The Cherry Orchard, Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre, Laurent in Therésè Raquin, Jake Blues in Tribute to the Blues Brothers, George in Kvetch and Ray in Blackbird.
Michelle Louise Wright trained at LAMDA and cut her teeth on Look Back in Anger as a founder member of Basingstoke Youth Theatre. With a passion for theatre and a talent for Shakespearean Clowns, it is not surprising that she earns her crust as a Drama Teacher surreptitiously indoctrinating her students! Recent performances include Fluellen in Henry V (SLT), Hecuba in Tiger at the Gates (KDC) and Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. This is Michelle-Louise's second show with the Tower and she's very excited to finally play the villain (or is she?).
This is Dickon Farmar's first show with Tower. Having taken a break from acting for the past few years, he has been focussing more on writings plays. Last summer he appeared in the London première Serial Killers at the Bridewell Theatre.
Martin South has acted and directed for the Tower Theatre Company for more than thirty years, and has been its Artistic Director. Recent directing credits include Hang Up (Theatro Technis), The Graduate (Courtyard Theatre), Damages (Bridewell Theatre) and The Turn of the Screw (Upstairs at the Gatehouse). Recent acting roles with the Tower include Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy and the Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (both Upstairs at the Gatehouse), and Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art. For other companies, he has recently appeared as Elyot Chase (Private Lives - Hemar Theatre), Eli Sham (Dirty Bird - Riot Act) and Caius Cassius (Coverage - Riot Act).
Bernard Brennan took a long break from acting, after appearing in some school productions, to pursue his studies of architecture. He got back into it last year appearing as transvestite dancer Rose in KDC's Halloween production Night Night, Sleep Tight. This is his first production with Tower and he is very excited to be part of it.
This is Sam Macqueen's fourth Tower production, having performed most recently in Farragut North last September. Sam is currently studying in his first of three years at Rose Bruford college. He says "I'm looking forward to working with the Tower again; it's such a nice community".
Richard Pederson is delighted to be playing a Norwegian for the first time in his life. A company member for 27 years, Richard has appeared in over 30 productions, most recently as Oswald in King Lear. In February this year he directed Mother's Day performed in this theatre. His next venture with the Tower will be as subtitle editor and operator for Romeo and Juliet in Paris in June.
Eliza Insley has previously appeared with the Tower as Flora in The Turn of the Screw (2015), Ginnie in Goodnight Mister Tom (2013) and was part of the David Copperfield Company in both London and Minack in 2012. Eliza enjoys chess, writing stories (she has even had one published in a book!) and playing the cello. She loves animals and would like to have lots more pets.
Fred Janaway studied English and Theatre at Warwick University with a strong focus on poetry and Shakespeare. He also directed a short film adaptation of Calerdon's Life is a Dream. After appearing as the Captain in the Tower's production of King Lear and assistant directing on Farragut North he is delighted to be making his directorial debut for Tower.