by George Orwell, adapted by Matthew Dunster

Directed by Angharad Ormond

Wednesday 28th February - Saturday 3rd March and
Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th March, 2018

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Winston : Paul Graves
Julia : Chloe Ledger
O'Brien : Martin South
Goldstein : Colin Guthrie
: Amy Andrews, Annemarie Fearnley, Kevin Furness, Jon Gilmartin, Jess Hammett, James Keene, Ciara Robley, Janet South, Ruth Sullivan, Ellie Ward, Elizabeth (Hannah) West, Samantha Wright


Production Team

Director : Angharad Ormond
Set Design : Michael Bettell and Max Batty
Costume Design : Sam Jones
Lighting Design : Rob Irvine
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Original music composed by Colin Guthrie
Graphic and Video Design : Max Batty
Puppet Design : Isaac Insley
Choreographer : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Managers : Roanne Insley, Kathryn Nash, Jacqui Dickson
Props and Assistant Stage Manager : Michelle Roebuck
Assistant Director : Brenda Naso
Lighting Operator : Jacky Devitt
Sound Operator : Christopher Little
Subtitles and Projection Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Set Construction and Get-in : Phillip Ley, Alice Spendley, Stephen Ley, John McSpadyen, Jude Chalk, Militos Dallas, Julian Farrance, Nick Insley, Max, Martin Mulgrew Adam Taylor, Kevin Thompson
Puppets made by : Isaac Insley, Phoebe Allsop, Mae Fletcher Robin Millwood, Rosa Thorbury

This is Paul Graves's first production with the Tower Theatre. He played Touchstone in Putney Theatre Company's 2017 production of As You Like It and was a set designer on SEDOS's immersive production Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On which won the 2017 NODA prize for innovation. He has also appeared on stage with improvised comedy troupes Yesterday's Comedy Made Awesome and Impropotamus. Between working on productions he has taken acting courses with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the RSC and Punchdrunk.
This is Chloe Ledger's first performance with the Tower after re-joining in late 2017. She has trained with various acting coaches across London and the North of England, honing a wide set of practices. Outside of the Tower Chloe has mainly focused on film and has gained experience both on and off the camera. The last year saw Chloe lend herself to her second passion, writing. Chloe's first short play was performed at Wilton's Music Hall on 28th July 2017.
Martin South has acted and directed for the Tower Theatre Company for more than thirty years and has been its Artistic Director. He last appeared at Theatro Technis as Kenneth in Love, Love, Love. Other recent acting roles for the Tower include Neddy Beagle in The Night Heron, Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy, the Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Benjamin Britten in The Habit of Art, Sackville in The Turn of the Screw and various roles including Patrick Brontë in Brontë. For other companies, he has recently appeared as Elyot Chase (Private Lives - Hemar Theatre), Eli Sham (Dirty Bird - Riot Act), Caius Cassius (Coverage - Riot Act) and Henry Bratsberg (The League of Youth - Riot Act).
This is Amy Andrews' first appearance with the Tower Theatre Company. She has previously been focused on playwriting and is thrilled that her first production involves bringing a literary masterpiece to immersive experience. She graduated in MA Psychology at Edinburgh in 2016 and works full time in experience design. However, she has studied and worked in drama and theatre throughout her life, and is now progressing her acting career with the Tower.
In Annemarie Fearnley's 30+ years at the Tower, roles have included Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Polly Peachum (The Threepenny Opera), Irina (Three Sisters), Eugenie (Vincent in Brixton), Susan (Company), Dick (Dick Whittington), Witch (Macbeth), Anne Vaux (5/11), Dorothy (A Farewell to the Theatre), Ensemble (David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby), violinist in Lark Rise and a singer in Telstar. She has also performed with All Star Productions in Assassins at Theatro Technis and with Completely Productions in Company (playing Susan, again!) at The Bull. She is also a founder member of the Tower's home-grown bands, Simply Vocal and The Checkmates. Annemarie is delighted to be working with Angharad and Colin again, having provided live sound effects and music in the revival of Kindertransport Upstairs at the Gatehouse.
This is Kevin Furness's first production with the Tower Theatre Company. He has completed several acting courses with City Acting. Originally from Dublin, he has had a passion for acting since he was a child. As a teenager he appeared in productions with Tallaght Theatre Group (Dublin). He also attended courses with Dublin Gaiety School of Acting.
This is Jon Gilmartin's second performance with the Tower Theatre, following on from his debut in Much Ado About Nothing last year. He boldly admits to having a life outside of the Tower Theatre which includes a career in speech and language therapy for children. However, he quietly confesses he may have got his acting/therapy balance the wrong way round. Jon is extremely thrilled to be working on the Tower's production of 1984.
Jessica Hammett joined the Tower in 2011 and 1984 is her third acting role with the Tower following appearances as Annie in The Accrington Pals and Emma Hornett in Sailor, Beware!. In 2015 she directed Time and the Conways. She has been Costume Designer for many shows including After The Dance, The Kitchen Sink, Telstar, Sherlock Holmes and Travesties.
1984 is James Keene's third play for the Tower, having appeared in An Enemy of the People and Sherlock Holmes. Before that, he acted in various plays in the Netherlands including Edward II in a Dutch version of Christopher Marlowe's play, the neo fascist Harm in Monocultuur and a singing octopus in Dolfinarium (not a play). Forming his own Theatre duo "Theatergroep Elektrik" he wrote and performed in an absurd physical comedy Dat Moeten We In Het Systeem Zetten (translating as We Should Put That Into The System) which was staged in and around Amsterdam.
Ciara Robley is appearing in her second production with the Tower Theatre following Pravda last year. Previous roles include Wynne in Dinner (New London Actors), Orinthia in The Apple Cart, First Girl in Blood Wedding and Hoodie/Despair in What the Dickens (KDC Theatre). She has also previously dabbled behind the scenes as Assistant Director in A Number (KDC Theatre) and as composer in Gormenghast (SEDOS).
Janet South has been involved with the Tower for many years during which she has taken roles both on stage and off. Acting credits include Countess Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Jenny (Company), Anna (Closer), Emma Timms (Lark Rise), Mme Dubonnet (The Boy Friend), Tragedian in Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Mrs Lack in Sailor, Beware!. Choreography credits include Company, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Mr Cinders, Once in a Lifetime, The Boy Friend (twice) and The Producers.
Ellie Ward trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Previously for the Tower she played Petra in An Enemy of the People and Edna in Mother's Day. and was Assistant Director on Handbagged. Other roles include Amie in City of Champions, Katie in Drowning on Dry Land and Nancy in an open air touring production of Oliver Twist. Ellie works extensively in immersive, family and educative theatre in London and beyond. She hopes you enjoy your Party initiation!
Elizabeth (Hannah) West joined the Tower Theatre Company a year ago. 1984 is her second production with the company and she is excited to be part of such an incredible cast. Her first casting with the Tower was as Rebecca Foley in Pravda last year. She holds an Acting Diploma from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is in the process of setting up her own group, The Actorvists, which combines acting with her other passion of human rights. Hannah has been involved in amateur dramatics since she was a child performing with Scottish Youth Theatre, Patchwork Theatre Company and Collusion Youth Theatre. Stage credits include Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Step Sister in Rockerella and Sarah Patch in The Guardian of the Tower. TV and Film credits include Office Girl in Weird Love, The Mum in Can't Go Home Again and the Young Bride in The Castle, a 12-part series for Sky TV. Hannah's background is in human rights and she currently works for a disabled charity in London. In her spare time, she is a singer-songwriter, playing guitar and tabla.
This is Samantha Wright's third production for the Tower Theatre after previously appearing in Mother's Day and Our Town. 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 immersive piece.
Ruth Sullivan's recent choreography includes Nell Gwynn, The Return of the Marionettes, Putting It Together, The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue, Assassins, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Maids and Macbeth. Acting credits include Kindertransport, Frozen and David Copperfield and (most recently) she played Hillary Clinton ...
Her work as a Foley Artist includes Breathe, The Death of Stalin, Dead in a Week (or your money back), The Durrells, Cold Feet, Rillington Place, Dickensian, Flowers, Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall, Spooks, Desert Dancer, Eyes Wide Shut, Mamma Mia!, 28 Days Later and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she won an Emmy.
Live Foley theatre productions include Cabaret for the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and The Hush at the National Theatre as well as Rings of Saturn, The Yellow Wallpaper and Wunschloses Unglück, all for director Katie Mitchell. She also performs regularly in Simon McBurney's production of The Magic Flute. Most recently she was Foley Consultant on A Midsummer Night's Dream at Chester's new theatre, Storyhouse.
Colin Guthrie has acted, directed and musical directed for many Tower shows since joining in 1985. Musical directing credits include The Return of the Marionettes, Telstar, Paradise (a rock 'n' roll fable) and The Producers, which won the coveted Minack Theatre Trophy in 2014. Colin has also composed music for many Tower shows, including David Copperfield, Lark Rise and, most recently, Frankenstein. Acting credits include William Cain in Her Naked Skin and Ian in Shining City and directing credits include The Voysey Inheritance, as well as the last play produced at the Tower's old home, Strangers on a Train.
Angharad Ormond, a Tower Theatre Company member for three years, is the winner of the 2017 Frank Smith award which recognises the most outstanding newcomer to the Company She has been seen on stage as Laura in The Priory, Nell in Little Nell, Daphne in Sailor Beware and as Cathy Jackson in the musical The Return of the Marionettes. She trained at Drama Studio London and other roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream and a six-month tour of The Selfish Giant : the musical. Angharad's directing credits include The Trial and Blue Remembered Hills. Earlier this year she directed Kindertransport for the Tower Theatre at Theatro Technis and Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Angharad is also training as a Clinical Psychologist and she brings her experiences into her work as a director..