A Passage to India  
A Passage to India

adapted for the stage by Martin Sherman from the novel by E. M. Forster

Directed by Simona Hughes

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 8th February and Tuesday 11th - Saturday 15th February, 2020

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Dr Aziz : Rahul Singh
Cyril Fielding : Simon Lee
Professor Narayan Godbole : Adnan Kapadia
Adela Quested : Rebecca Allan
Mrs Moore : Alison Liney
Ronny Heaslop : Robin Taylor
Miss Derrek : Sara Odeen-Isbister
Hamidullah : Yasir Senna
Mahmood Ali / Mohammed Latif : Menesh Patel
McBryde : Paul Willcocks
Das : Herschel Pant
Mr Turton : Simon Taylor
Mrs Turton : Janet South
Major Callender : Matthew Ibbotson
Amritario/Anthony : Shilpan Patel
Ralph/Subaltern : Jack Hyland
Rafi/ Punkah Wallah : Chitranshu Mahajan


Production Team

Director : Simona Hughes
Set Design : Max Batty
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Costume Design : Sue Carling and Elion Mittiga
Sound Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Composer : Tamara Douglas-Morris

Stage Manager : Katia Elsianli
Assistant Director : Sarah Freeman
Movement : Mandy Gordon
Musicians : Mahesh Parkar, Devina Vekaria, Amiya Bhatia
Sound Consultant : Colin Guthrie
Foley Consultant : Ruth Sullivan
Accent Coach : Jess Hammett
Lighting Operators : Juliet Webster, Danya Bradley-Barnes
Sound Operators : Anna Kidd, Ricardo Pereira
Additional Prop Building : David Broder
Assistant Stage Managers : David East, Oscar Heron, Alex Papadopoulos
Hair and Make Up : Paige Stalliard
Costume Assistant : Holly Rhodes
Get-In and Rigging : Members of the cast and crew

Rahul Singh has always been passionate about acting and loves theatre and film. His dream is to one day act in a Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson film even if it's as a dead body or a tree (he's not very picky). He was a keen actor in his school and university days and played various complex characters. This is his second amateur dramatics production in London having made his debut as the narrator and Mr Jones in KDC Theatre's Animal Farm last year. He is extremely thrilled and honoured to be involved in a play that explores the complex dynamics of human relationships both within and across cultures in the backdrop of pre-independence India with such an exceptionally gifted and talented cast and crew. In playing the mercurial Dr Aziz he has rediscovered both his love of acting and the process of bringing a story and its characters to life through the medium of theatre.
This is Simon Lee's seventh performance with the Tower Theatre. Most recently he was Thomas Gainsborough in Gainsborough Girls. Before that he was Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Creon in Antigone, Hovstad in An Enemy of the People, Charles Webb in Our Town and Jess Watmore in The Night Heron. Other acting credits in the UK and Europe 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 trio.
Adnan Kapadia has been associated with different South Asian theatre groups in London for the past 13 years, acting mostly in Urdu or Hindi language productions. Having past experience of acting in Indian and Pakistani television productions as well, Adnan has recently started exploring the theatre in the English language and appeared in amateur theatre productions such as There's Always Room for Dessert (2019) and Beyond Singularity (2017) at the Cockpit Theatre and Rudolf Steiner Theatre respectively. He is excited to be a part of A Passage to India as his Urdu language teacher Mr. Zia Mohiyuddin, at the National Academy of Performing Arts in Pakistan where Adnan spent a good part of the year 2018, played the lead role in the 1960s production of the same play.
This is Rebecca Allan's fourth show with the Tower Theatre Company, after appearing in Breaking the Code and Trainspotting last year and in Table in 2018. She is particularly excited to appear in A Passage to India - it is such a stunning play and she hopes to do it all the justice that it deserves in the role of Adela.
Alison Liney has been involved in amateur drama for a very long time and has been a member of the Tower since 1997. She alternates between acting and crewing shows, most recently playing Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and working as Stage Manager on Deposit. Other recent roles include Jean in To Kill a Mockingbird, the Nurse in Antigone, Mrs Wilberforce in The Ladykillers, Q in Handbagged and Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw.

This is Robin Taylor's first performance with the Tower Theatre. His other roles include Mosca in Volpone, Headmaster Foley in Life Class, Mike in The Memory of Water, Trigorin in The Cherry Orchard, Dr Rank in A Doll's House and Joxer in Juno and the Paycock. Robin has also narrated a play on BBC Radio 4 and has taken part in a production of Amadeus at the Edinburgh fringe playing Salieri.
This is Sara Odeen-Isbister's first show for the Tower Theatre. She has recently appeared as Lady Macduff and the Doctor in Acting Gymnasium's production of Macbeth at Theatro Technis, and has also taken part in a devised showcase for City Academy. Last summer, she took a sabbatical from her regular job as a journalist to attend a summer intensive acting course at the William Esper Studio in New York and is enjoying putting what she learnt into practice.
Yasir Senna's recent professional acting credits include Salomon in They, Sorin in The Seagull and Hafeez Rehman in Sky TV's forthcoming docu-drama, Ladykillers. Yasir also stages his self-written plays through his company, Razor Sharp Productions, whose next production is Rumble!, scheduled for May 2020.
Having earned an Honours degree in Pharmaceutical Science, in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Operational Research, and after a successful career in Pharmaceuticals Menesh Patel has transitioned into the Arts. This is his second Tower show; he played numerous roles in Baba Shakespeare that had a successful run at Arcola Theatre leading to performances at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre. Since then he has appeared in a few commercials including Hasbro and McVities.
Paul Willcocks is delighted to be working with Simona again, having played Branwell in her 2016 production of Brontë. Since then he has appeared in Kindertransport at Theatro Technis, Arcadia at the Bridewell and, most recently, The Canterbury Tales in the new Tower Theatre's inaugural year. Paul also appeared as Fabian in Kwame Kwei-Armah's highly successful musical production of Twelfth Night.
This is Herschel Pant's second Tower show having last been seen in Baba Shakespeare playing multiple characters. Since then, he spent a couple of years researching, writing and directing his first play, Beyond Singularity - the journey of arranged marriages and machine learning. The thirteen cast show opened at Rudolph Steiner House in summer of 2017. Following its success, he acted, co-directed and produced There's Always Room For Dessert - an immersive dinner party experience for audiences in Canary Wharf and the Cockpit during the autumn of 2019.
Simon Taylor is thrilled to be working on a dramatisation of one of his favourite novels. Turton is his fifth Tower performance, following Daker in Accolade, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and Pickering in Pygmalion. Other recent roles, for Questors Theatre : Escalus in Measure for Measure, Furtwangler in Taking Sides, Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape, Mr Stevens in King Charles III and Goldstein in 1984. His film work includes parts in Dr Faustus (Burton & Taylor), Doctor in Restoration, Polonius in Hamlet and award-winning shorts, Souvenir and Horse Play (Cannes Festival 2019). Past theatre highlights : Hamlet (Oxford Playhouse), King Lear (Oxford Fire Station Theatre), among other Shakespearean roles, including Coriolanus and Benedick. Simon has also directed nearly 100 shows, including for his own Minack Theatre company.
Janet South has been involved with the Tower for many years during which she has taken roles both on stage and off. Her most recent role was as Mrs Gainsborough in Gainsborough's Girls and her acting creditss 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, most recently, The Producers. When not rehearsing Janet can be found doing jazz hands at Pineapple Studios or thwacking a shuttlecock around a North London sports centre.
Matthew Ibbotson joined the Tower in early 2018 and is delighted to be involved in his fourth production, following performances in Kafka's Dick, To Kill A Mockingbird and Gainsborough's Girls. He studied Drama at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, appearing in works by Shakespeare, Chekov and Strindberg. When not on-stage, Matthew has also been spotted operating lights and will be doing so again this year for the Tower production of Sweat.
Shilpan Patel is a National Youth Film Academy member, having appeared in a short film, Unplugged, which he help write in April 2019. He has performed at the Cockpit Theatre as one of the leading roles in There's Always Room For Dessert (2019), and also in Beyond Singularity (2017) at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre. As well as acting, Shilpan has taken part in UK's university dance competition, Battle of Bollywood (2015) at the O2, London. He has also performed in musicals (from Shakespeare to Grease) during his school years.
Currently Training with the National Youth Theatres "Playing Up" cohort, Jack Hyland marks his second outing with the Tower Theatre Company, previously taking part in extracts from Love, Love, Love, also directed by Simona Hughes. His recent work includes productions at the Brighton and Clapham Fringe, RADAa, Bloomsbury Theatre and an open air run of Macbeth in St. Albans.
Chitranshu Mahajan was encouraged to act by his colleagues at law school where he taught boring subjects in a slightly less boring manner. He learned his lines well and practiced them at the court, in front of the judge, and in front of his clients. Law was limited, so he left the legal practice for a courageous crusade with limitless theatre. He was apprehensive of having a lengthy name which customer care executives could not spell properly, so he received his stage name Aadi Dev from his guru Aadi Dev. Aadi Dev teaches yoga and plays other comic roles in spiritual, religious and other dramatic places where people are very serious.
Simona Hughes joined the Tower in 2002, during its last year in its former Canonbury home, and has since served on the company committee and acted in some 13 productions, including Absent Friends, The Lady from the Sea, Julius Caesar, Dinner, Her Naked Skin, Baba Shakespeare and Comic Potential. Simona has directed Little Nell, Brontë, Love, Love, Love and, most recently, Table for the Tower. She has also directed at Theatre 503 and at The Bread and Roses. Simona has recently completed a 2 year MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she developed and wrote her own play, About 500, which will premiere in March at the VAULT festival.