Our Town  
Our Town

by Thornton Wilder

Directed by Lily Ann Green

Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th February, 2017

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

Photography by Lidia Crisafulli

Cast List

Stage Manager : Jo Green
Mrs Soames : Harriet Watson
Simon Stimson : Richard Pedersen
Rebecca Gibbs : Emily Prince
Wally Webb : Kieran Mason
Howie Newsome : Owen Chidlaw
Mrs Gibbs : Samantha Wright
Mrs Webb : Sarah Ellis Jones
Dr Gibbs : Barry Heselden
Emily Webb : Kenzie Luce
George Gibbs : James Talbot
Mr Webb : Simon Lee


Production Team

Director : Lily Ann Green
Set Design : Wendy Parry
Lighting Design : Alan Wilkinson
Sound Design : Rob Ellis

Stage Manager : Eddie Coleman
Assistant Director : Kathleen Fauquenot
Wardrobe : Sage Bowman
Deputy Stage Manager: Jessica Osario
Lighting and Sound Operators : Lily Ann Coleman, Lucy Ellis
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Phillip Ley, Stephen Ley, Nick Insley and members of the cast & crew

Puppetry instruction by Isaac Insley
'Wally' created by Isaac Insley and Lily Ann Coleman
'Bessie' created by Lily Ann Coleman

Kenzie Luce graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BA in Theatre and Drama and from the University of East London with a MA in Acting. She has appeared in South London Theatre's production of Scarborough as Lauren, Intermission Theatre Company's production of Sunday on the Rocks as Gayle, and she was part of the original cast for Good Kids as commissioned by the Big Ten Theatre Chairs. She is thrilled to be working on such an iconic American play with the Tower Theatre Company.
This is Barry Heselden's first appearance for the Tower since 2007 when he appeared in Torch Song Trilogy, also directed by Lily Ann Green. During the time away he has been acting and directing over the river for South London Theatre, in a variety of plays including 84 Charing Cross Road, Four Play, Skelig, The Earthly Paradise, Festen and Jeffrey and Many Moons. Recently, he also appeared in the Mint & Line feature film Never Better.
This is Simon Lee's second appearance with the Tower Theatre, the first being as Jess Watmore in The Night Heron. Other acting credits include Jerry in Betrayal, Alec/Angel in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 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, Dr Kemp/Flegg in Warrior and Ralph Austin in Butterflies are Free. Simon also performed on the London comedy circuit with The Monochromes, a musical "crooning" trio.
Sarah Ellis Jones is delighted to be back on stage in her first show with the Tower after a 10 year pause! Previous experience includes appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe, National Student Drama Festival and many, many productions with KDC both as an actor and as a director.
This is James Talbot's first production with the Tower Theatre Company after joining in November. He worked with multiple theatre groups back in Oxford, including the Dreams Production Company, but this is his first role since coming to London two years ago. Alongside acting, James also writes and produces productions and stand up comedy. He has enjoyed working with such a talented cast and director and hopes you enjoy the show.
This is Samantha Wright's second production for the Tower Theatre after being in Mother's Day last year. She has appeared in KDC's There has possibly been an Incident and at the Lyric Hammersmith and Courtyard theatres in Starfish and First Light. Samantha has trained with City Lit and Identity School of Acting. She is looking forward to appearing in this American classic.
As his second show with the Tower Theatre, this marks the continued period of Owen Chidlaw's theatrical incursion north of the river. In the last Tower show Charley's Aunt, I was foppish, posh and pretty immature. Hopefully in Our Town I'll actually be acting, rather than just being myself! Other recent credits include Bluebird, Joseph K and The Accrington Pals.
Kieran Mason developed a passion for acting when young, beginning by studying Drama at GCSE and at A-Level. Alongside his studies, he joined two youth theatre companies; RARE, where he appeared in numerous musicals, and Phoenix, which broadened his skills as an actor, performing in plays such as Romeo and Juliet. After A-levels, he was accepted onto the foundation course at The Oxford School of Drama - a vigorous and wonderful training programme. He recently auditioned for the Tower and is now appearing with them in his first senior production company.
Richard Pedersen last appeared on stage playing a number of sad, depressed Northern characters in Road, although eagle-eyed audience members might have witnessed his brief on-stage appearance in Sherlock Holmes. A Tower Member for 28 years, he had appeared in and worked on numerous productions, including 17 Paris tours, most recently operating subtitles for Romeo and Juliet. He directed Mother's Day in February 2016.
This is Emily Prince's first venture with the Tower. Relatively new to the capital, her latest role was Ruby in When We Are Married with South London Theatre. Previously an active member of Studio Theatre Salisbury, a highlight was winning "The Echo"'s Best Actress award for her portrayal of Isabella in Measure for Measure. Other favourite roles include Mary Yellan in Jamaica Inn and the Governess in The Turn of the Screw. Beyond the arts, Emily's passions are exploring the great outdoors and working with/for young people.
Harriet Watson was lucky enough to do a lot of acting at school but then there was a long gap before joining the Tower Theatre Company in 1998. Her first part was a wonderful character, Betty, in Good Fun and since then, she has played a variety of roles, notably, twice as an ambiguous man/woman! She is delighted to be working with Lily Ann Green for the first time with a wonderful, fun ensemble cast.
Jo Green has been a member of the Tower Theatre since 2006. He has performed in Murder in the Cathedral, Death of a Salesmen and The Mysteries. He has been the lighting designer for many productions including The Diary of Anne Frank, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Misanthrope and The Doctor's Dilemma. He was also assistant director for Whipping it Up.
Before joining the Tower, Jo was involved with other theatre groups and fringe productions. These included productions of The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Tarzan, It's a Wonderful Life and Woyzeck as an actor; Electra and The Bald Prima Donna as director; Touched and Julius Caesar as set and lighting designer.
Lily Ann Green trained at the Drama Studio London and is a Trinity-Guildhall Speech and Drama teacher, a makeup artist and a Tower member since 1995. For the Tower she played Annie in All My Sons, Émilie in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Agnes in The Steward of Christendom and Marian in Accolade. She will next be seen as Anne in Under The Blue Sky. For the Tower, she has directed The Talented Mr Ripley, The Memory of Water, The Diary of Anne Frank, Art, Torch Song Trilogy, Jake's Women and Othello. Elsewhere she has directed 4Play, Daisy Pulls It Off, Enchanted April, Hand in Glove, Hilltops and Much Ado About Nothing. She is next directing Blue Stockings for SLT and FanGirl for the Camden Comedy Festival.