The Boy who fell into a Book  
The Boy who fell into a Book

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John Chapman

Friday 21st - Saturday 29th October, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Kevin : James Forth
Rockfist Slim : Matt Cranfield
Ensemble : Rachel Berg, Carlos Fain-Binda, Matthew Ibbotson, Lucy Moss


Production Team

Director : John Chapman
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Set Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk
Music composed by : Matthew Ibbotson
Movement Director : Nevena Stojkov

Stage Manager and Assistant Director : Laura Corkell
Lighting Operator : Anna Kidd
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Scenic Artist : Georgia Bedassie
Set Construction and Get-in : Max Batty, Keith Syrett, Alex Burton and members of the cast and crew

James Forth
James Forth is a 24 year old Northerner who graduated from Royal Holloway University of London two years ago after studying Drama and Theatre studies. He's performed in shows including Lord of the Flies, A Midsummer Nights Dream and Les Misérables. He joined the Tower Theatre in January; The Boy Who Fell Into A Book will be his first show with the company and he's so excited to be playing Kevin!
  Matthew Cranfield
This is Matt Cranfield's second Tower family show, having played Dad (along with a bit of puppetry) in Kensuke's Kingdom last year. Previous Tower credits include Turing in Breaking the Code, Henry in Love, Love, Love and Lust in Doctor Faustus.
Rachel Berg
Rachel Berg trained as a professional dancer in Covent Garden at the West Street School. 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 join her local theatre group, Garden Suburb Theatre. Having performed in many amateur productions over the past 10 years a highlight was to play Cathy in The Regina Monologues at the Gaiety Theatre, for which she received an award for Best Actress at the Manx Amateur Drama Federation Festival. Post pandemic and it's time to open the theatrical box again, or this time should we say "Toy Box"? Previous productions for the Tower include Nell Gwynn, Frankenstein, The Winter’s Tale and The Seagull.
  Carlos Fain-Binda
For the Tower Carlos Fain-Binda played Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Oscar in Sweat. During lockdown, he was appeared in several Virtual Tower events. Elsewhere, he played Kiligrew the pirate in Putney Theatre's production of Treasure Island, and was an extra in several short films, TV series and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He had stage-managed and acted before joining the Tower. Carlos trained at the Poor School and Central School of Speech and Drama, and enjoys going to the cinema in his spare time.
Matthew Ibbotson
Matthew Ibbotson studied Drama at the University of East Anglia and joined the Tower in 2018. His performing credits include Sidney in Kafka's Dick, Luke in Gainsbourough's Girls, Major Calendar in A Passage To India and, earlier this year, Les in Bouncers and Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night. His extensive work with the Virtual Tower initiative contributed to him being named winner of the Frank Smith Award in 2020. Last year he directed the short play Strange Enchantment as part of the Love and Survival festival.
  Lucy Moss
Lucy Moss is a playwright, director and actor. She was most recently seen in Nine Night, and before that Mules, both at the Tower Theatre. Online, she played Mother in Vitual Tower's award-winning zoom play adaptation of Metamorphosis, and she created the audio-drama Five Women with Angharad Ormond and Colin Guthrie. She co-wrote The Canterbury Tales adaptation and has appeared in a variety of other shows, including two different productions of The Seagull in 2018, where she played Irina each time. When not on stage, she assists with costume and make-up.
John Chapman
John Chapman has appeared in/directed over 150 productions and had a long association with the works of Alan Ayckbourn. Somewhat of a “latecomer” to Tower Theatre he debuted as Mr Micawber in David Copperfield (2012) and has since been in another dozen or so Tower productions. Most recently he flew solo in Krapp’s Last Tape. In 2016 he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play For The Nation. His previous Tower directing jobs have been with Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce and the riotous Rules For Living by Sam Holcroft. During lockdown he set up and co-ordinated the company’s online initiative, Virtual Tower, producing over 30 evenings of entertainment. He also spent far too much time watching and reviewing online theatre for his syndicated blog 2nd From Bottom. He is looking forward to getting back to onstage directing with his first full family oriented show.