Kensuke's Kingdom  
Kensuke's Kingdom

by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Stuart Paterson

Directed by Angharad Ormond

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 31st October, 2021

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Michael : Muktarr Samura
Mother : Sangita Modgil
Father : Matthew Cranfield
Stella Artois : Paul Graves
Kensuke : Dale Robertson
Ensemble : Joe Lewis, Janet South, Ruth Sullivan

 

Production Team

Director : Angharad Ormond
Set and Puppet Design : Isaac Insley
Costume Design : Kathleen Morrison
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley
Sound Design : Paul Graves
Music and composition : Tamara Douglas-Morris

Stage Managers : Jacqui Dickson and Roanne Insley
Assistant Director : Flavia Corina Di Saverio
ASM : Patrice North
Lighting Operator : Samuel Littley or Matthew Ibbotson
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk



Muktarr Samura
Since Muktarr Samura was a child he’s loved performing in front of people with the hopes of fulfilling his dream to become a world class actor. He’s been in various plays in school and outside school such as Romeo and Juliet, We Lost Elijah and The Crucible. Muktarr recently joined the Tower Theatre in hopes of improving his craft and making most out of the experience, and he is delighted to be playing a leading role in Kensuke’s Kingdom. He hopes to venture out into the industry and create a ground-breaking storm.
  Sangita Modgil
Since rekindling a love of acting at RADA classes and Summer School,Sangita Modgil has appeared in two Tower productions - Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and also in in various Virtual Tower productions. Her other appearances have been in short films including Public House , and more recently for the Tower in Jubilee Voices and as the much loved Sulli Patel in Cry Freedom ('Love in a Time of Covid' Festival).
Matthew Cranfield
This is Matthew Cranfield's fourth production for the Tower, and he's thrilled to be involved in such a feel-good show - the perfect post-lockdown remedy! Previous roles at the Tower have been Turing in Breaking the Code, Henry in Love Love Love and Lust and various other characters in Dr Faustus.
  Paul Graves
During COVID, Paul Graves was lucky enough to perform with Putney Theatre Company in Twelfth Night (Orsino) and Stories from the Attic (Grandma puppeteer) and for the Tower, he played Gregor Samsa in the SceneSaver award nominated Metamorphosis in Lockdown and Cam Eyre in Air. In non-plague years he has performed in The Canterbury Tales (The Priest), Trainspotting (Renton) and 1984 (Winston).
Dale Robertson
This is Dale Robertson's second production with the Tower; the native Australian is so proud to be part of Kensuke’s Kingdom. Dale did his two year conservatory in New York City at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and also attended intensives at RADA and in his home city of Melbourne, Australia. His last production was the Tower’s Merchant of Venice, in which he played Bassanio. Dale is delighted to share this wonderful production with you all and he hopes that you enjoy it.
  Joe Lewis
This is Joe Lewis's fifth production with the Tower Theatre after playing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (2016), Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall (2018), Ron Miller in Breaking the Code (2019) and Jake in I Like You earlier this year. In recent years Joe has starred in three Ibsen plays with Ottisdotter Productions - Nils Stensson in Lady Inger (2013), Erik of Hegge in The Feast at Solhaug (2015) and Hemming in Olaf (2018). Other roles include Conti, Pirro and Camillo Rota in Emilia Galotti (Ottisdotter, 2014 and 2016) and Private Jack Rose in Firebox Productions' Shoot the Bugger (2018).
Janet South
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), Mme Dubonnet (The Boy Friend), Tragedian (Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Mrs Gainsborough (Gainsborough’s Girls) and Mrs Turton (A Passage to India). Choreography credits include Company, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Mr Cinders, The Boy Friend and The Producers. Janet recently had two of her plays performed as part of the Tower’s Opening Up and Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid seasons.
  Ruth Sullivan
Ruth Sullivan has been a Tower member for 14 years and has performed, directed, choreographed and designed sound for many productions in that time. Her most recent play as a director for the Tower was King Charles III which was a large scale ensemble piece but she does have some experience of monologues, having performed in Happy Days. Since the theatre was forced to close last March she has been part of Virtual Tower and the Tower podcast, both directing and performing. As a Foley Artist she’s usually found in a dark studio, making sounds for TV drama and film (as well as an occasional foray into radio) and regularly works with directors such as Katie Mitchell and Simon McBurney to create and perform live theatre sound. She’s one of the Tower’s new Artistic Directors and is so pleased to be finally back in the theatre.
Angharad Ormond
Angharad Ormond graduated from Drama Studio London in 2009. She has been a Tower Theatre company member for 7 years and was the recipient of the 2017 Frank Smith award which recognises outstanding contributions from a new member. She is one of three women leading the company’s Artistic Direction. Angharad both acts and directs for the company, focusing on the latter more over the recent years. Directing credits include Kindertransport, an immersive production of 1984, and a modern reimagining of The Canterbury Tales. Angharad is particularly interested in theatre that pushes the boundaries, both artistically and politically, and she has a passion for multi-modal creations, combining masks, puppetry, movement and live music. During lockdown she has been developing a brand-new play 5 Women, and producing the Tower Theatre Podcasts. Her online production of Metamorphosis (in Lockdown) received an OffWestEnd OnComm nomination and was a finalist in the Most Innovative Production category of the Scenesaver Birthday Honours List.