by Lucy Kirkwood

Directed by Anna Jones

Wednesday 5th - Saturday 15th October, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Alice : Rachel Bothamley
Jenny : Emily Carmichael
The Boson : Luke Owen
Luke : Andrew Mortimer
Natalie : Bella Hornby
Karen : Amanda Waggott
Henri : James Johnston
Journalist : Octavia Sheepshanks
Gavriella Bastianelli : Sofía García
French Scientist : Marion Ratie


Production Team

Director : Anna Jones
Set Design : Wendy Parry
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Andy Peregrine
Sound Design and Original Music : Bill Burns
Assistant Director : Ryan Williams

Stage Manager : Nichola Vasey
Deputy Stage Manager : Deborah Ley
Lighting Operator : Anna Kidd
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson
Set Construction and Get-in : John McSpadyen, Keith Syrett, Laurence Tuerk, Alex Burton, Ella McKenzie and members of the cast & crew
Movement : Nevena Stojkov

Rachel Bothamley
Rachel Bothamley has been a member of the Tower Theatre since 2015. Her on-stage credits include Lady Montague in Romeo and Juliet and Susannah in Bedroom Farce. Off stage includes Stage Managing Much Ado About Nothing and Costume Design for Trainspotting. She has also worked as Assistant Director on Kafka's Dick and, most recently, Death and the Maiden both working with director James McKendrick. Rachel also worked as Producer and AD for the critically acclaimed Work Makes You Free which was part of 2018's Vault Festival and 2019's Brighton Fringe. By day Rachel loves her job overseeing Referrals, Therapies and External Engagement for the charity Body & Soul. She's looking forward to being back on-stage at the Tower!
  Emily Carmichael
Emily Carmichael has been a Tower member for ten years, acting in approximately as many productions during that time. Her favourite role to date has been as the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, and she could be seen earlier this year as the aristocratic Caroline Bramble in Enchanted April. Since 2020, Emily started writing plays, two of which - Air and Each Fallen Robin - have been staged at the Tower. Each Fallen Robin was a winner of the British Theatre Challenge in 2021.
Luke Owen
This is Luke Owen's third production for the Tower, having previously appeared in Henry V (Dauphin/Scroop/others) and Talk Radio (Stu). Before that Luke lived in Norwich, where his acting credits included King Lear (Duke of Albany), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew), Flare Path (Teddy), The Comedy of Errors (Antipholus of Ephesus), A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), The Producers (Carmen Ghia) and Fiddler on the Roof (Motel). Luke is also a scriptwriter; his 2013 play Unscorched won the Papatango New Writing Prize and premiered at the Finborough Theatre.
  Andrew Mortimer
This is Andrew Mortimer's first production with the Tower Theatre. He previously studied at the Unseen Drama School and the SEDOS theatre group as well as participating in a number of productions as part of the Nottingham Trent Drama Society while a student.
Arabella Hornby
Arabella Hornby has been a member of the Tower since 2018. She has taken part in The Canterbury Tales, Five Women, two short plays during the Love and Survival festival, Shakers and most recently played Viola in Twelfth Night. Prior to joining the Tower, she worked as a professional immersive theatre actress for the company Secret Cinema, as well as producing and starring in a production of Constellations at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in London. Alongside acting, Bella works as an art teacher.
  Amanda Waggott
Amanda Waggott has been a member of the Tower Theatre for several years performing in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Gainsborough Girls and Kindertransport. Last Year she directed Escaped Alone and mastered working behind the bar. She works in theatre as an actor, producer, writer and director. She is currently working on The Trojan Women Project. She teaches writing to One Community in Notting Hill, works with the Playground Theatre as a producer and facilitates a drama group at Dalgarno Trust in North Kensington. She is represented by North One Management.
James Johnston
James Johnston made his first appearance on the Tower stage in January 1989 in a production of Chicken Soup With Barley, although this was principally because his mother Carmel - playing the part of Bessie - was heavily pregnant with him at the time. After three decades of "resting" he returned to the Tower in September 2021 and has so far appeared as Richard in The Court Must Have a Queen, DC Moody in Maryland and Ralph in Bouncers.
  Octavia Sheepshanks
This is Octavia Sheepshanks' first appearance at the Tower Theatre. As a student at Cambridge University, her acting credits included Olivia in Twelfth Night and First Voice in Under Milk Wood. She also played all the male parts in an unintentionally comic adaptation of Madame Bovary, and sang in Ancient Greek dressed as a frog at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Sofía García
Sofía García trained at Cristina Rota School of Acting in Madrid. She then joined the drama company Buhardilla in 2002, where she performed in plays like Las brujas de Zugarramurdi, Mort or Las Salvajes de puente San Gil. She moved to London in 2014, where her most recent performance was Snatch and Merkin, a devised theatre piece. She recently joined the Tower Theatre, and this is her first production here.
  Marion Ratie
This is Marion Ratie's first appearance at the Tower Theatre. She trained in acting during her high school years in France where she performed in the plays Les pas perdus and La Cantatrice Chauve. Now a Digital Producer by day, she recently retrained with City Academy and performed in an improvisation show at London Peckham Levels under the direction of Stephen Davidson.
Anna Jones
Anna Jones directed the short play Ursa Major as part of the Spring Forward festival earlier this year. Mosquitoes is her first full-scale production.