A Doll's House  
A Doll's House

by Tanika Gupta
from the play by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Olivia Chakraborty

Wednesday 27 September - Saturday 7 October, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Jason Harris

Cast List

Niru : Vaishnavi CG
Tom : Micky Gibbons
Dr Rank : Arthur Davies
Uma : Nina Ali
Das : Janak Nirmal
Mrs Lahiri : Rachana Reddy

with Nirmal Chohan as the voice of Masterji


Production Team

Director : Olivia Chakraborty
Set Design : Ryan Webster
Costume Design : Olivia Chakraborty, Christina Bowmaker, Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Feiyang Yang

Stage Manager : Jack Pattison
Assistant Director : Krishmeela Rittoo
ASM : Valentina Moretti
Lighting Operator : Kate Roche
Sound Operator : Anna Kidd
Set Construction and Rigging : Isobelle Leong, Seun Debiyi, Angelika Michitsch, Gary O'Keefe, Keith Syrett, Victoria Wells, Millie Weston, Emily White
Vocals : Julia Ghosh Nandi

Vaishnavi CG
Vaishnavi CG has been a member of the Tower Theatre since 2022 and this is her first production with the company. Previously, she has played at the theatre with a visiting production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and is working towards a production of Blood Wedding - Bodas de sangre. She has also been a part of a few regional productions in India.
  Micky Gibbons
Micky Gibbons lives in North-East London with his husband Simon and a family of foxes who live in their back garden. He works as a doctor in public health. His previous acting credits include The Real Inspector Hound (KDC) and as a performer and writer on a number of Edinburgh comedy shows including Stout, Pale and Bitter and Xaablaargh the Conqueror's Guide to Humons. He is currently working on a podcast series with the comedy collective 'Forced Rhubarb'.
Arthur Davies
Arthur Davies is a 23-year-old actor who was raised in central London; he is currently living in Islington after having trained in acting at Falmouth University, down in Cornwall. He has a passion for theatre and plays and love bringing new stories to people.
  Nina Ali
Formerly a nurse, then lawyer and now also an aspiring actress, Nina Ali discovered a passion for acting somewhat later in life than most actors but brings a wealth of life experience to her work. She began formal acting training at ICAT in 2019 but the pandemic that took the world by storm in March 2020 brought all that to an abrupt halt and the Drama School then folded! Not a quitter or one to sit around, Nina went for it anyway performing as Ollie in Passing the Spoon here at the Tower Theatre in February 2022 . She followed this by playing U in The Plunge at The Space in March and Milady de Winter in The Three Musketeers in September.
Janak Nirmal
Janak Nirmal is a versatile model-turned-actor, who is currently honing his acting skills with The Actors Cafe and Actors East in London. He is passionate about fitness, weightlifting, and gourmet cooking. Janak is fluent in Gujarati and holds expertise as a registered Dispensing Optician, specialising in the luxury sector since 2016. In his most recent release, Janak played Connor in the queer comedy Peckham Mix which recently released on Amazon Prime.
  Rachana Reddy
An engineer by education, Rachana Reddy dabbles with acting, writing and directing as part of Unlearn studios. Having worked with Network Theatre (The Dark Side), the Tower Theatre (In their own write, Passing the Spoon), Aks (Espresso shorts) and Questors (Home Is, Maryland), she’s keen to widen her repertoire of characters and stories.
Olivia Chakraborty
This is Olivia Chakraborty's second production with the Tower Theatre; previous directing credits include Mind Your Language, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Two Billion Beats. Olivia trained in Speech and Drama (alongside an Engineering degree!) and found her love for acting at a school and university performing in various plays and productions worldwide, but believes directing is her true calling. Whilst she loves directing the ‘classics‘, she is constantly on the hunt for scripts by emerging playwrights focussed on social issues and stuff 'less talked about'. A Doll’s House by Tanika Gupta is a special project for her. The play is set in 1879 Calcutta, where her parents are from, and she grew up listening to stories surrounding the themes, sights, sounds that Tanika has so beautifully set out in the script, and those she has tried to make come alive in the show. She believes that the concept of standing up for equality (or equity, as we now rightly call it), that underpins the story, is still so pertinent today, even though the original by Ibsen was written over a 100 years ago. The right to equity needs to talked about constantly, and she feels privileged to be directing A Doll’s House in this regard. When not directing, Olivia can be found in the city, working on Mergers and Acquisitions!