Writers' Room  
Writers' Room : December


Five short plays showcasing talent from the Tower Theatre Writers’ Room

Tuesday 29th November – Saturday 3rd December, 2022

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

No Room at the Inn by Lily Guy-Vogel
 

Cast List

Narrator/Gabrielle : Alexa Wall
Joe : Simon Christian
Mario : Norbert Szabo

 

Production Team

Director : Matthew Magill
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Costume Design : Lucy Moss
Sound Design : Feiyang Yang
Assistant Director : Feiyang Yang



The Pictures of Dora Gray by Melanie Bell
 

Cast List

Dora Gray : Arabella Hornby
Nurse : Linda Shannon
Henry Wotton : Tommy Saunders
Basil Hallward : Nick Hall
Death : Matthew Vickers

 

Production Team

Director : Colin Guthrie
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Costume Design : Sophie Platts-Martin
Music and Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Cello played by Tamara Douglas-Morris
Assistant Director : Alexander Kampmann



Saturnalia by Ian Hoare
 

Cast List

Cornelia : Kornelia Adelajda
Marcus : Liam Brown
Julia : Simona Hughes
Diana : Zelia Rita Mazele

 

Production Team

Director : Neta Gracewell
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Costume Design : Sophie Platts-Martin
Sound Design : Harry Tomlin
Assistant Director : Harry Tomlin



A Make Believe Summer by Kate Roche
 

Cast List

Simon : Leon Wander
Paloma : Lira Stroeter

 

Production Team

Director : Angharad Ormond
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Assistant Director : Jonathan Reed



Waiting for Grotto by Janet South
 

Cast List

Veronica : Katie Smith
Graham : Tommy Saunders
Kate : Helen McGill
Paul : Paul Graves
Also appearing : Richard Hague, Martin South, Tom Tillery

 

Production Team

Director : Emma Miles
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Costume Design : Janet South & Jackie Robinson
Sound Design : Feiyang Yang
Assistant Director : Matthew Bovingdon-Downe



For Writers’ Room :
Stage Manager : Ruth Kirby
Lighting Operator : Alexander Kampmann
Sound Operator : Harry Tomlin
Movement and Fight Co-ordinator : Richard Kirby


Photography by Matthew Partridge

No Room at the Inn

Alexa Wall
Having graduated from London School of Dramatic Art in 2016, Alexa Wall performed in plays such as Roots as Beatie Bryant, Girls and Dolls as Clare and Got to Be Happy as Caroline. She then went on to become a Radio DJ for some of London's biggest internet radio stations. This is her third show at the Tower Theatre; she previously appeared in The Canterbury Tales and Shakers.
  Simon Christian
This is Simon Christian's second production with the Tower, having appeared in Queers earlier this year. He was also recently involved in the festival Love [and Survival] in a time of Covid with his own show Abney Park. Simon is a native of Austria and trained at the Guildford School of Acting. He’s been living in London for almost 8 years and has appeared in many Fringe productions, such as Mayakovsky (Rich Mix), Towers of Eden (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Cats, Selfies and the Scattered Mind of the Incurable Dreamer (The Space).
Norbert Szabo
Norbert Szabo is originally from Hungary and trained as an actor at the University of the West of England in Bristol. His acting experience includes working on classic and contemporary stage plays such as The Cherry Orchard and Constellations, short films and music videos. This is Norbert's first production with the Tower Theatre. He is currently writing his own stage play called A Safe Place based on factory farming and also wrote the first episode for an animated series called Skippers which will be produced by a London based studio.
  Matthew Magill
Matthew Magill is a member of the Lurig Drama Group, alumni including Liam Neeson, in Northern Ireland. His acting credits range from further stage work with Tabletop Theatre and featuring in the BBC show Line of Duty. He studied stage management with Queens Film Theatre in Belfast, has worked on international writing projects, and is a performance poet who has headlined sets at Stirchley Speaks and Grizzly Pear in Birmingham. No Room at the Inn is his directorial debut.
Lily Guy-Vogel
Lily Guy-Vogel is a lover of all live performance and a voracious consumer of content; she's a spoken word poet, regular theatre-goer, avid television watcher and fanatic writer. She's a big comedy fan, particularly dark comedy; a performance that can make you laugh and challenge you is one that tends to stick. Lily takes her inspiration from real life experiences, and her body of work usually focuses on female sexual identity in modern society, particularly ideas surrounding sexual autonomy. Her piece for the December showcase is a departure from her usual work, but she says she had so much fun writing it.

The Pictures of Dora Gray

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, 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. Bella's daytime job is an art teacher.
  Linda Shannon
Linda Shannon has been involved in the world of amateur theatre for more years than she is prepared to admit to. Highlights include 5 shows at the Minack Theatre over the years and participation in the RSC’s project Open Stages, culminating in a performance on the RSC’s main stage at Stratford on Avon. A retired drama teacher, Linda now spends her time volunteering, including at Shakespeare’s Globe, and co-ordinating a Shakespeare Study group for the U3A. When not doing that, she enjoys travelling all over the world.
Tommy Saunders
This will be Tommy Saunders's third production with the Tower Theatre. He previously appeared in Coram Boy as Alexander and in The Merchant of Venice as Lorenzo.
  Nick Hall
This is Nick Hall's third play with the Tower, after playing Christie in Gainsborough's Girls and Antonio in The Merchant of Venice. As Macbeth, he was one of Tower's "King's Players" performing Shakespeare à la Carte at the British Embassy in Paris. Previously, with Jumble Theatre Company, he performed in Pieces of Home (a monologues show) and as Jack Worthing in The Importance of being Earnest.
Matthew Vickers
Matthew Vickers has been involved with the Tower Theatre since Popcorn in 2003. He has since appeared in numerous plays including Coyote On A Fence, Clybourne Park, Arcadia, Table, Sweat, PMQ and Death and the Maiden.
  Colin Guthrie
Colin Guthrie has acted, directed and musical directed for many Tower shows since joining in 1985. Musical directing credits include The Return of the Marionettes, Telstar, Paradise (a rock 'n' roll fable), The Producers, which won the coveted Minack Trophy in 2014, and, most recently, Coram Boy. Colin has also composed music for many Tower shows, including David Copperfield, Lark Rise, Frankenstein and 1984. Acting credits include Max Brod in Kafka's Dick, William Cain in Her Naked Skin and Ian in Shining City. Directing credits include The Voysey Inheritance as well as the last play to be produced at the Tower's old home in Canonbury, Strangers on a Train. Colin was also a BBC Radio Drama Sound Engineer and Director for thirty years.
Melanie Bell
Melanie Bell is a Canadian writer living in Brighton. She spent the past year volunteering with the Tower Theatre and is delighted to be part of their Writers’ Room and have her short play The Pictures of Dora Gray performed in the December showcase. She is the author of Chasing Harmony, Dream Signs and The Modern Enneagram. She works as a Content Writer and Editor for Mind Tools and has written for several publications including Contrary, Cicada and Huffington Post. She’s inspired by the fantastic and by questions of how we spend our time and what we do with our abilities.

Saturnalia

Kornelia Adelajda
This is Kornelia Adelajda's first production with the Tower and she's super excited to be a part of the Writer's Room show. In another life she studied Shakespeare and led a theatre group. Her acting credits include Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew, Helena in A Midsummer's Night Dream, Tamora in Titus Andronicus and Kent in King Lear. Recently she performed in the South London Theatre productions of The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Fake News. She has directed a few Shakespeare plays and dabbles in choreography. Kornelia likes cats, dogs and chocolate. She dislikes waiting for the 393 bus in the rain.
  Liam Brown
Having been part of a live stage performance some ten years ago, Liam Brown is just returning to the acting arena. This isn't the only creative project he's been a part of, with a small catalog of music available for streaming. Playing the role of Marcus has been a fun and challenging experience.
Simona Hughes
Simona Hughes graduated (with Distinction) from her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019. In January 2021 she became an Artistic Director of the Tower Theatre in Stoke Newington. Simona’s directing credits at the Tower include Coram Boy, A Passage To India, Table, Love,Love,Love, Brönte and Little Nell. Directing credits elsewhere include short plays at Theatre 503, The Bread and Roses , VAULT festival, the Arcola Outside and The Pit (Barbican). Simona’s writing credits include her play, About 500, which she also directed, and which recently had successful runs at the Union, the Omnibus and the King's Head Theatres. About 500 has been nominated for 3 awards: OnComm finalist, Scenesaver Birthday Award (best lead performance) and a Standing Ovation award. Simona is co-director of the production company Loupe Films, which was instrumental in making the BAFTA nominated film County Lines, on which she is an executive producer.
  Zelia Rita Mazele
This is Zelia Rita Mazele's Tower Theatre debut and she is excited to get involved in many more productions! Zelia fell in love with acting through Musical Theatre. She studied Performing Arts at college and a Musical Theatre year course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She had graduated from Actors Door Studio after studying the Meisner Technique.
Neta Gracewell
Neta Gracewell is a theatre director, performer and facilitator. She is the Artistic Director of Junction Theatre, for which she has recently directed the award winning drama Borders הגדר ألسياج (Shout Festival 2021, Vault Festival 2022 transfer season). She has an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Neta has recently started teaching at Identity School of Acting.
  Ian Hoare
Ian Hoare is a former journalist who joined the Tower in 2002 and has been involved in more than thirty shows, mainly as an actor. He has directed several productions, the most recent of these being Sweat (2020). His writing for the stage includes Travels Around My Room, an adaptation of a classic French story which was part of the Tower’s festival marking its post-Covid reopening last year. He is often inspired by writers who manage to be extremely funny and brutally serious at the same time – Jane Austen, for example.

A Make Believe Summer

Leon Wander
Leon Wander has worked in the industry for over 15 years. Ranging from Radio, TV, Theatre and film as an actor, dancer, writer and deviser. In the last 10 years he has also transferred those skills into facilitation work, running workshops within schools, PRUs, Colleges and high profile Corporations, working on issues such as unconscious bias within the workplace, homophobia and domestic violence, really tapping into using drama and immersive techniques as a way of teaching young people and adults alike. Leon has also been heavily involved in the Immersive Theatre scene being a part of some of the biggest productions from Boomtown to Peaky Blinders. For the Tower, he appeared in Queers earlier this year.
  Lira Stroeter
Lira Stroeter joins the Tower Theatre for her first performance in A Make Believe Summer. Moving over from Brazil at 15, Lira did her foundation in acting at the Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, which led her to jump over the pond and complete her acting training in France. Having an eclectic upbringing, her creative spans over writing, photography, music and acting. She has published work with Portuguese magazine Gazetta Tabacco, styled projects alongside Phoebe Lettice & Hailey Bieber for Adidas, performs in spoken word nights in Camden and took part in the Almeida Theatre’s 'Press Go' project. She is excited to have her debut performance at the Tower Theatre.
Angharad Ormond
Angharad Ormond trained in acting at Drama Studio London. She has been a Tower Theatre member for 8 years and is one of Tower’s three female Artistic Directors. Directing credits include: Kindertransport, 1984, The Canterbury Tales and Kensuke’s Kingdom. During lockdown she co-wrote and directed a brand-new audio drama 5 Women - Now & Then, produced the Tower Theatre Podcasts and co-adapted and directed an online production of Metamorphosis, which received an OffWestEnd OnComm nomination and was a finalist in the Most Innovative Production category of the Scenesaver Birthday Honours List. Acting credits at the Tower include: Daphne in Sailor Beware, Nell in Little Nell, Laura in The Priory, Young Cathy in Return of the Marionettes, Charlotte in The Yellow Wallpaper and, most recently, Mrs Lynch in Coram Boy.
  Kate Roche
Kate Roche spent many years attempting to write novels before joining the Tower Writer's Room in May. Learning how to write plays (and properly indent things) has been one of the highlights of her year. A Make Believe Summer is all about the teething problems life-long friendships go through and how a willingness to reach out to one other isn't always enough. A Make Believe Summer is the first play she has written and she's thrilled to see it come to life at the Tower.

Waiting for Grotto

Katie Smith
For the Tower, Katie Smith has appeared in An Enemy of the People, Sherlock Holmes, Clybourne Park, Chalet Lines, Largo Desolato, The Doctor's Dilemma and Sweat. She was the Assistant Director for Frankenstein and for Antigone in 2018. Her acting experience outside the Tower includes roles in A Taste Of Honey, Shakers, Pericles, Macbeth and Fen among others, in fringe venues across London, Essex, and Edinburgh. Katie trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
  Tommy Saunders
This will be Tommy Saunders's third production with the Tower Theatre. He previously appeared in Coram Boy as Alexander and in The Merchant of Venice as Lorenzo.
Helen McGill
Helen McGill has played a variety of roles in Tower Theatre productions since joining the company in 2014. Recent shows include Queers, Dead Funny and King Charles III. She also performed in a reading of Born In Lockdown last year, a collection of stories from women who gave birth during lockdown, and in a rehearsed reading of Tower’s new writing project.
  Paul Graves
Most recently seen as Meshak in Coram Boy, Paul Graves previously appeared in Kensuke's Kingdom (Stella Artois), The Canterbury Tales (The Priest), Trainspotting (Renton) and 1984 (Winston). During COVID, he 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.
Emma Miles
Emma Miles recently directed Twelfth Night at the Tower. Previously she directed and acted in various productions across London, including for South London Theatre, KDC and Putney Arts Theatre. She is currently the Assistant Artistic Director of the Putney Theatre Company. In her day job, Emma works in arts/heritage community engagement and as a teacher/researcher in higher education.
  Janet South
Janet South started writing about 5 years ago as part of the 10 Minutes a Month Writing Collective. She has progressed beyond 10 minute plays, through 15 minutes and has now reached the heady heights of 30 minutes. Janet is interested in exploring dark humour and the awkwardness of social interaction; she's inspired by writers who can make normal things funny and funny things terrifying. Recently she has enjoyed work from Daisy May Cooper and Sharon Horgan but she's also in awe of Mike Bartlett and obsessed with @edithcartoonist..