by Mary Chase

Directed by Andy Marchant

Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th February, 2018

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast List

Elwood P. Dowd : Jonathan Wober
Veta Louise Simmons : Sarah Ellis-Jones
Myrtle Mae Simmons : Aimee Schmidt
Dr Chumley : Michael Mayne
Dr Lyman Sanderson : Neil Forster
Nurse Ruth Kelly : Emily Carmichael
Wilson : Matthew Pert
Judge Omar Gaffney : John McSpadyen
Mrs Chauvenet : Alison Du Cane
Betty Chumley : Louisa Shindle
Cabby : John Chapman


Production Team

Director : Andy Marchant
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Adam Taylor
Sound Design : Robert Irvine

Stage Manager : Rhea Mehmet
Assistant Director : Francesca Wing
Technical Operator : Carrie Rawson
Costume Assistant : Naomi Yamaguchi
Construction, Get-in and Rigging : Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, John McSpadyen, Stephen Ley, Laurence Tuerk, Phillip Ley, Michael Bettell

This is Jonathan Wober's sixteenth Tower production since joining in 2009, when he appeared in The Archbishop's Ceiling and Dangerous Corner. He has toured with the Tower to Paris in Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night's Dream and to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall in David Copperfield and The Return of the Marionettes. Other productions have included The Odd Couple, Jump to Cow Heaven, Tartuffe, The Kitchen Sink and Farewell to the Theatre. Most recently, in October 2016, he played 11 parts in Handbagged. Harvey marks his first production acting opposite both a leporid and an invisible cast member.
After her appearance in Our Town last year, Sarah Ellis Jones is delighted to be back in her second show with the Tower following 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.
John McSpadyen is now in his 29th year as a Tower member, having been an ASM, SM, technical operator, set designer, actor and director. He has been onstage in (amongst others) Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Factory Girls, Translations, Dealer's Choice, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, Farragut North, Hindle Wakes and Pravda. His productions as director include Copenhagen, Faith Healer, The Constant Wife, Bash, Speaking in Tongues and Farewell to the Theatre. In between acting and directing shows, he can be found wielding a power tool at a Sunday get-in. John would like to state he has never seen a six-foot white rabbit while intoxicated : little tiny pink elephants, yes, but never a rabbit ...
This is Aimee Schmidt's first appearance with the Tower Theatre Company. Previous productions include Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly, Baby June in Gypsy, Under Milk Wood and The Wind in the Willows at the National Theatre and Sister My Sister (Channel 4 Film). Aimee also trained classically as a ballet dancer until the age of 17 and having had a short break from theatre work is delighted to be back and performing with the Tower.
Michael Mayne's most recent apperances were as "Breaker" Bond in Pravda and Constable Macdonald in The Ladykillers. Previous credits include Cornwall in King Lear, Organ in Tartuffe, Julius Caesar, Sidney in Smells of Wee, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Fred in Fred and Madge and Jake in Jake's Women. Michael is a classically trained Actor - a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Drama Art (LAMDA). He worked in the professional theatre for 20 years before family commitment moved him into the commercial world; now those commitments are fulfilled he is working his way back into the Business.
This is Neil Forster's third show with Tower Theatre, having previously appeared in Terrorism and The Habit of Art. His other London stage credits include A Clockwork Orange, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oh What a Lovely War, Our Country's Good, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and Cabaret. He spent two years training at The Poor School in King's Cross and graduated in 2014.
Harvey will be Emily Carmichael's seventh outing on the Tower stage. It's been something of a mini-break - she was last seen in 2015 as Emilia in Othello. She is also a member of the Woodhouse Players, with whom she'll feature in a new play, And the Babies, this March. Personal favourite roles to date have been the Governess in The Turn of the Screw (Tower), La Corbie in Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off (Network Theatre), Jess in Love and Money (London School of Dramatic Art) and Stephen Dedalus in a touring production of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
This is Matthew Pert's second production with the Tower; he was previously seen in Largo Desolato in 2014. He has had a number of roles with various companies including playing the title roles in Macbeth with the Madrid Players, and Tartuffe with the RBS Theatre Group. With Theatre in the Square he played Charlie in How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, and Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac which was performed at the Minack Theatre. Matthew most regularly appears with Woodhouse Players having had roles including Ross/Ketch (Our Country's Good), Son (A Voyage Round My Father), Moss (Glengarry Glen Ross), Henry Higgins (Pygmalion), Brandon (Rope), Will Paxton (Resilience) and Douglas in Mutatis Mutandis, for which he won the Best Actor award last year at the Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre.
For the Tower, Alison Du Cane first appeared as Phoebe in The House of Bernarda Alba. She has acted and directed with Ladbroke Players for many years. Acting roles include Nora in A Doll's House, Hannah in Arcadia, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Liz Morden in Our Country's Good, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Pat in Separate Tables, Mrs Erlynne in Lady Windermere's Fan and Liz in Present Laughter. Directing credits include Pygmalion, The Accrington Pals, Separate Tables, Lady Windermere's Fan, Present Laughter, Hindle Wakes and The Winslow Boy. When not acting, Alison enjoys throwing herself in a river or the sea for some open water swimming!
Louisa Shindle joined the Tower Theatre in 2007. Her acting credits for the Tower include Lady Edwina Leighton in Sherlock Holmes, Kitty in Taking Steps, Clara in Hay Fever, Rachel in The Sea, the Laundress in The Trial, Lady 1 in Princess Ivona and Old Lady in Terrorism. She also appeared as Cora in SEDOS' 2013 production of Gormenghast. She has sung and performed in chorus roles for the Grosvenor Light Opera Company (GLOC), including The Sorcerer, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance, and played the Wicked Stepmother in GLOC's 2015 production of Cinderella.
By day John Chapman works as a freelance education consultant and writer recently completing work for the BBC's Bitesize revision website. Prior to this he worked at the "chalkface" for rather longer than he cares to remember.
He has always been interested in the world of drama and in 2004 served as a panellist on the Olivier Awards, seeing a mammoth 70 productions in one year.
Not counting the odd (probably very odd) Nativity play, John first took to the stage as a schoolboy pretending to be a Latin frog; he has since been involved with over 140 productions. Favourite acting roles have been Hector in The History Boys (an award winner), Norman in The Norman Conquests, Felix in Humble Boy, Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (in London and at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall) and Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream) in the Tower's collaboration with the RSC in 2016. Best directing jobs have been with The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Lord of The Flies, Glorious! and the eleven works of Alan Ayckbourn which he has steered to a successful conclusion, the most recent of which (Bedroom Farce) was seen last year.
This is Andy Marchant's sixth show with the Tower Theatre. Previously directing experience at Tower consists of The Trial, Terrorism and Sherlock Holmes. Previous acting experience was as the anorexic, much younger Shelley in Bloody Poetry, and the brief Bilton in Major Barbara. Previous directing experience outside of Tower includes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tragedy of the Prince of Denmark, Gormenghast (SEDOS), Alfie, What the Dickens?, A Number, The Arsonists (KDC Theatre).