by Nick Dear, from the novel by Mary Shelley

Directed by Karen Sheard

Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th January, 2018

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Victor Frankenstein : Daniel Draper
The Creature : David Hepburn
Elizabeth Lavenza : Lucy Acfield
M Frankenstein : Matthew Vickers
William Frankenstein : Charles Barakat
Clarice : Rachel Berg
De Lacey : Peter Novis
Felix : Aron von Andrian
Agatha : Ayla Mammadova
The Female Creature : Milica Guceva
Ewan : Richard Pedersen
Rab : Aron von Andrian
Gustav : Richard Pedersen
Klaus : Ken Thomson
Servants : Ken Thomson, Tunde Hall
Constable : Stephen Brasher
Ensemble/Housemaid : Lenia Korma

Other parts played by members of the company


Production Team

Director : Karen Sheard
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Original Music and Sound Design : Colin Guthrie

Stage Manager : Stephen Brasher
ASM : Josephine James
Assistant Director : Katie Smith
Lighting Operator : Katie Smith or Laurence Tuerk
Sound Operator : Anna Kovacs
Movement/fight coach : Lindsay Royan
Creatures' make up : Claire Henshaw
Costume and make up assistant : Sarah McCarthy
Voice coach : Julia Collier
Creature's Dance Choreographer : WingYue Leung
Construction and Rigging : Rob Hebblethwaite, Michael Bettell, Phillip Ley, Julian Farrance, Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, Alan Wilkinson, Jessie Baker, John McSpadyen, Adam Taylor, Rob Irvine
Publicity Co-ordinator : Ruth Sullivan

This is Daniel Draper's first production with the Tower having become an acting member in the Summer of 2017. Recent roles with other troupes include Banquo in Macbeth, Richard II in Richard II, Sir Robert Morton in The Winslow Boy, and Teddy Deakin in The Ghost Train.
David Hepburn is a Scottish actor living in London. He has played lead and supporting roles in over 30 stage shows across the UK. In 2016, David was Dorian Gray in The Picture of Dorian Gray at The Space Theatre before taking the production to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. David has also just performed in KDC Theatre's BU21 at Barons Court Theatre, and he is very excited to perform in his first Tower Theatre show - Frankenstein.
This is Lucy Acfield's second performance with the Tower Theatre. She joined the company last year, debuting as the villainess Madge Larrabee in Sherlock Holmes. Her acting life outside of the Tower Theatre includes a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University, and training with the London Actor's Workshop.
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. More recently he has appeared in Coyote on a Fence, Foxfinder, Clybourne Park, Doctor Faustus and An Enemy of the People.
This is Charles Barakat's first production with the Tower Theatre. Prior to this, he was seen in Blowing In The Wind, Adventures To Oz and The Tempest for the Chicken Shed Theatre Company, as well as playing roles in a number of short films. He is a student at the Saturday Anna Fiorentini Theatre and Film School. Charles has also received a Young Writers certificate and is a published writer of two books. In addition to a passion for acting and writing he is an animal enthusiast and he received the Royal Veterinary College Lambing & Farming Award in 2015.
Rachel Berg trained as a professional dancer in Covent Garden at the West Street School, where she was awarded a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dancing and went on to win the Alicia Markova Cup, awarded by Ninette de Valois. As a dancer and choreographer her career took her all over the world, with highlights including Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road Studios, York Minster, KoKo in Camden and the inside of a hot air balloon to mention only a few. Whizz forward a decade and two sons later, Rachel decided to reopen the theatrical box and started to perform with her local dramatic society, Garden Suburb Theatre. She has enjoyed playing Mrs Bedwin in Oliver, Yvette in Allo, Allo, Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, one of "Two Ladies" in Cabaret and most recently played Cathy in The Regina Monologues at the Gaiety Theatre, for which she received an award for Best Actress at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation 2017. Frankenstein will be her second production with the Tower Theatre after performing in Nell Gwynn.
Peter Novis has been with the Tower since 1988. Favourite roles include Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime; the Dada in Entertaining Mr Sloane; several parts in the annual Tower Shakespeare productions in Paris; an Ugly Sister in Cinderella; and Mr Dick in David Copperfield. He has also directed for the Tower in London, Paris and Cornwall.
Aron von Andrian found his passion for the stage at age twelve where he joined the Orange Tree Theatre group in Richmond. After studying performing arts at Richmond College he went on to study method acting at Brian Timoney's actors studio where he played Darryl from the play Monster for his showcase performance at Groucho Club in Soho. After graduating he worked extensively in film and is now back to the stage with his first show with the Tower Theatre. He's also a writer for short films and Theatre.
This is Ayla Mammadova's second involvement with the Theatre Company following An Enemy of The People. Some of the previous shows elsewhere include Gregory's Girl, April in Paris, Waiting for Godot, Pygmalion, The Empty Quarter, Bedroom Farce and The Effect. She also wrote and directed a play called Different which helped raise awareness and fight the stigma of mental health challenges in Azerbaijan.
Milica Guceva joined the Tower Theatre recently and Frankenstein is her first show with the company. She has previous experiences as an actress and dancer in Italy, Turin and Milan, and in the USA she performed in St. Louis for Clayton Community Theater. She has also done some acting on camera including short movies in Italy and in the USA and Italian TV shows. She's worked on The Avengers 2, her most exciting experience.
Richard Pedersen has been a Tower member for almost 30 years and has been involved in over 50 productions as actor, director or stage manager. His most recent roles have been Jerry, Professor and Brian in Road, Simon Stimpson in Our Town, and the drunk in An Enemy of the People. Last year he appeared on television in the Grand Final of the quiz show 15 to 1. Nevertheless, this is the first time he has been required to do a Scottish accent on stage.
Ken Thomson is excited to perform with the Tower once again after his fantastic experience playing Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet. His credits include Shopping and F*cking, Love and Money, No Exit, The Investigation. Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet and Henry V. Ken will be starting drama school in September. On a completely different note Ken is also looking for £10,000!
Tunde Hall is new to the Tower and this is his first production. 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 played a Gotham City Police detective in the recently released Justice League film and an all dancing and singing convict in the Paddington Bear 2 film, and has appeared in EastEnders and Holby City. He has a second Bass singing voice and has sung for the St. John of Jerusalem classical choir and the CHAPS choir. 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 in this production. Tunde is pronounced "Toon-day".
Lenia Korma is a very recent member of the Tower Theatre Company and this is her first production. She moved from Athens to London a few years ago to study and work on geotechnics and seismology. Her performance experience comprises amateur theatre plays, amateur piano performances, professional children's entertainment and professional supporting artist's roles.
This is only Stephen Brasher's third appearance on stage since he accidentally poked a shepherd in the eye during a nativity play in 1976. His previous outings were in Telstar in 2014 and An Enemy of the People last year. He is more usually found doing Front of House duties, stage managing / ASM-ing shows, helping to organise company auditions, writing the programme notes for most Tower productions and reviewing them in "Noises Off".
Karen Sheard worked as Assistant Director on the Tower production of Doctor Faustus and as Stage Manager on Brontë and Othello. She has recently completed an MA in Playwriting at Royal Holloway University, where she studied under playwright April De Angeles, and theatre maker David Overend. She conducted her final dissertation on Gothic Theatre, with special reference to the adaptations and interpretations of Frankenstein. She has a degree in Creative Writing and is an author of Gothic short stories. A collection of her work is available on Amazon and her stories have been included in a number of anthologies. She wrote and directed the play Haven, which she showcased at the Soho Theatre in 2002.