by Jean Anouilh
Translated by Barbara Bray

Directed by Ian Hoare

Tuesday 5th - Saturday 9th June, 2018

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Prologue/Chorus : Elizabeth (Hannah) West
Creon, King of Thebes : Simon Lee
Antigone, his niece : Sarah Assaf
Ismene, sister of Antigone : Ciara Robley
Haemon, son of Creon : Jacob Brook
Nurse : Alison Liney
Messenger : Madeleine Gordon
Jonas, first guard : Tunde Hall
Binns, second guard : Ayla Mammadova
Snout, third guard : Josephine James
Eurydice : Katie Smith
Page : Flavia Di Saverio


Production Team

Director : Ian Hoare
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison and Jess Hammett
Lighting Design : Adam Taylor
Sound Design : Rob Ellis

Stage Manager : Josephine James
Assistant Director : Katie Smith
Assistant Stage Managers : Nina Bressler, Isabelle Roughol
Lighting Operator : Alejandro Garcia
Sound Operator : Henry Kennedy, Sam Littley
Get-in and Rigging : John McSpadyen, Michael Bettell, Rob Irvine and members of the cast & crew
Publicity Co-ordinator : Isabelle Roughol

Elizabeth (Hannah) West joined the Tower Theatre Company in 2016; Antigone is her third production with the company following appearances in 1984 and Pravda. She holds an Acting Diploma from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and 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 as a Consultant for a global engagement organisation. In her spare time, she is a singer-songwriter, playing guitar and tabla.
This is Simon Lee's fourth performance with the Tower Theatre. Most recently he was Hovstad in An Enemy of the People; before that he was Charles Webb in Our Town and 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 Assaf is excited to take part in her second Tower Theatre show, having recently appeared in Arcadia. After a long break from acting during her school years, Sarah has been taking acting classes at City Academy. She also enjoys playing the piano in her spare time, and has a degree in Music.
Ciara Robley is appearing in her third production with the Tower Theatre following Pravda last year and 1984 this spring. 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).
This is Jake Brook's first production performing with the Tower. He currently reads Spanish with Latin American Studies at University College London. He recently directed an adaptation of Miguel de Unamuno's avant-garde play The Other, which he translated from the original Spanish text. This year, he directed an excerpt in Chinese Mandarin from Liao Yimei's Rhinoceros in Love as part of UCLU Drama Society's foreign language festival. He recently performed a minor role in University College Opera's production of Polyeucte at Theatre Royal Stratford East and is excited to be on stage again before moving to Mexico City in July to continue his studies abroad.
A retired teacher, grandmother, allotment site-secretary, choral singer and professional old lady, Alison Liney has been involved in amateur drama for over 50 years, spending the last 20 chiefly with the Tower, acting, stage managing and running Front of House. Recent roles include Marie (Calendar Girls), Daisy (Driving Miss Daisy), Hold Me, Touch Me (The Producers), Miss Prism (The Importance of Being Earnest), Madame Roget (Victor/Victoria), Mrs. Grose (The Turn of the Screw), Her Majesty the Queen (Handbagged) and Mrs Wilberforce (The Ladykillers).
Antigone is Madeleine Gordon's third show with the Tower having appeared in Pravda and Nell Gwynn last year. Her other recent credits include Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice (Richmond Shakespeare Society, Oct 2016), Anne Brontë We Three Sisters (RSS, March 2016) and Harriet in Teddington Theatre Club's production of Colder Than Here for which she was nominated for a Arts Richmond SWAN Award. She trained in Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.
This is Tunde Hall's second production for the Tower having first performed in Frankenstein. He completed the Acting Masterclass course at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, and is a member of the Actor's Centre in London. He has a second Bass singing voice and has sung for the St. John of Jerusalem classical choir and CHAPS choir; he has also appeared in EastEnders and Holby City and featured in Radiohead's music video Lift. Tunde originally trained as a Research Chemist but is now a painter, graphic arts designer, and writer. He says acting found him and is thrilled to be playing Jonas the soldier in this production. Tunde is pronounced (Toon-day).
Ayla Mammadova's third appearance with the Tower Theatre Company. Ayla works in mental health for the NHS and loves being involved in theatre productions on the side. Her favourite roles have been playing Bet in April in Paris and Pozzo in Waiting for Godot. She also wrote and directed a play called Different which helped raise awareness and fight the stigma of mental health challenges in Azerbaijan, her home country.
Josephine James joined the Company six months ago and she has been an Assistant Stage Manager on both Frankenstein and Arcadia. This is her first acting role with the Tower..
This is Katie Smith's seventh show with the Tower Theatre. Her most recent roles for the Tower were as a Townsperson in An Enemy of the People, Michele in Under the Blue Sky, Mrs Forman in Sherlock Holmes and Betsey/Lyndsey in Clybourne Park. Prior to that she was seen in Chalet Lines, Largo Desolato and The Doctor's Dilemma. She was also Assistant Director on the recent production of Frankenstein.
Flavia Di Saverio joined the Tower Theatre earlier this year and this is her first production with the company. She has been involved in amateur theatre since she was a child. She has an MA in Translation from the University of Bologna (Italy), having presented her own translation into Italian of Liz Lochheads's Medea as her final dissertation, and has directed and acted in plays in Italian, Spanish, English and French. Her stage credits include roles in Pygmalion, Black Comedy, Our Town, Round Heads and Pointed Heads.
Ian Hoare has acted in more than twenty productions for the Tower. In 2016 he made his debut as a Tower director with Hindle Wakes, and he followed that with An Enemy of the People last year.