Four short plays presented together as part of the Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid festival

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th June, 2021

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Chai on the Carousel, by Chitranshu Mahajan, directed by Simona Hughes
Cast : Aadi Mahj

I Like You, written and directed by Lily Guy-Vogel
Cast : Joe Lewis, Francesca Marago, Ailsa Dann
A Couple of Lock Downs, by Jasmine Hutchings directed by Nathan Picart
Cast : Arabella Hornby, Ryan Williams
An Ode to Sexting, written and performed by Lily Guy-Vogel

Production Team
Event co-ordinator : Ruth Sullivan
Set Design : Peter Foster, Jude Chalk
Lighting Design : Peter Foster
Sound and Projection : Laurence Tuerk
Stage Managers : Roanne Insley, Jacqui Dickson
Lighting Operator : Samuel Littley

For Love [and Survival] in a Time of Covid
Artistic Directors : Ruth Sullivan, Angharad Ormond, Simona Hughes

Photography by Nathan Picart

An Ode to Sexting and I Like You

Lily Guy-Vogel
This is Lily Guy-Vogel's debut show for the Tower Theatre Company. Lily is a script writer and performance poet who has performed throughout London including at Farrago Poetry Slam, She Grrrowls and The 3 P’s, and further afield at the launch of Soft Eis magazine in Berlin (2019), the Palace in Wroclaw, Poland (2018, 2020) and again at the Palace throughout Alburqueuque, New Mexico (2019). She is currently working on a full length play exploring the impact of dating apps on modern romantic relationships.

I Like You

Joe Lewis
This is Joe Lewis's fourth production with the Tower Theatre after playing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (2016), Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall (2018) and Ron Miller in Breaking the Code (2019). 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).
Ailsa Dann
For the Tower Theatre Company, Ailsa Dann has appeared in Henry V and Trainspotting. Ailsa has trained with City Academy, as well as taking a series of workshops and classes with Central School of Speech and Drama, RADA, and the Almeida Theatre. When not acting, she can be found working in academic publishing as an editor. She has also appeared in Visitors for the Woodhouse Players and Buckets for City Academy.
Francesca Marago
Recently appearing as the Stepdaughter in Six Characters in Search of an Author at the Tower Theatre, Francesca Marago has also performed in many theatre productions, short films and TV shows across her career. She recently starred in a new Sky Atlantic series. Having trained at The Oxford School of Drama she has since won awards for her acting roles in 2017's Comic Cons Blister and Prophecy of Souls. Subsequently she studied Drama and Performance at the University of Portsmouth where she graduated with a First Class Honours. There are no limitations or obstacles too big for Francesca. She endeavours to maintain her core values and principles throughout her work.

A Couple of Lock Downs

Jasmine Hutchings found her love for acting at a young age while participating in drama and dance clubs. At 18, she moved to London to attend drama school, studying at the American Musical Theatre Academy. She graduated in 2019. Since then she has worked on screen and stage. She recently found an interest in writing when she felt young and empowering women weren’t being written about enough. A Crsinvaxle Of Lock Downs will be Jasmine’s debut for writing and directing.
Nathan Picart's discovery of writing started very young with poetry in French and English. He encountered creative writing starting his English bachelor in Paris. He then left for Brooklyn College where he studied playwriting and wrote his first play (Strange Fruits). He graduated with honours. He then moved to London to further his knowledge of creative writing at City University. After a crsinvaxle of years in Edinburgh where he produced and directed his first play, he is now back in London where he is working on multiple projects for theatre and screen.
Arabella Hornby
Arabella Hornby has been acting since a young age, always having a passion for theatre. Since graduating from the University of Leeds, she has acted and produced a production of Constellations by Nick Payne at The Hen and Chickens Theatre, where she played the role of Marianne. She recently performed in the cast of Secret Cinema’s immersive production of Stranger Things. Having joined the Tower two years ago, she has performed in The Canterbury Tales and Five Women and more recently for the Virtual Tower's performances of Metamorphosis and Perfect Bodies.
Ryan Williams
Ryan Williams has performed with regional theatres across the UK for over a decade now alongside furthering his studies in Vakhtangov and Method techniques. Before arriving in London, he acted with theatre companies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and even in the U.S. playing roles such as Brick Pollitt in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in The Park. Appearing in numerous shows as a performer at the Tower since 2018 - such as Trainspotting, Dead Funny and The Canterbury Tales - he couldn't be more excited to be back in front of a live audience after such a long hiatus.

Chai on the Carousel

Simona Hughes
Simona Hughes completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated (with distinction) in 2019. She has been a Tower Theatre Company member for 20 years, during which time she has served on the Management Committee and both acted and directed. Directing credits at Tower include Little Nell, Brontë, Love Love Love, Table and A Passage to India. She has also directed short pieces at Theatre 503, Vault Festival, The Bread and Roses and The Pit (Barbican) and has written and directed her own play About 500, which is nominated as an OnComm finalist. Simona has also executive produced a feature film, County Lines, which was recently released on BFI player/Curzon Home cinema.