Pal Joey  
Pal Joey

by Richard Rodgers (music), Lorenz Hart (lyrics) and John O’Hara (book)

Directed by David Taylor and Angus Jacobs

Wednesday 19 - Saturday 29 April, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Joey : Alex Dehn
Vera Simpson : Victoria Flint
Linda English : Sophie Platts-Martin
Mike Spears : Alan Maddrell
Gladys Bumps : Maeve Curry
Ludlow Lowell : Jack Hanrahan
Melba Snyder : Rachel Berg
The Kid : Ella Murphy
Valerie : Kaya Minton
Diane : Caroline Scott
Tilda : Emma Rossi
Ernest and ensemble : Bernard Gallant
Hoople and ensemble : Andrew Dove
Waldo and ensemble : Arthur Poole
Victor and ensemble : Sam Stewart
Jerry : Adam Pennington

The Band

Adam Pennington (Piano & MD)
Francesca Girdlestone (Violin)
Evan Finder (Cello)
Megan Robinson (Reed 1)
Elena Trent (Reed 2)
Lexi Turvey (Trombone)
Vili Keszég (Drums)

 

Production Team

Directors : David Taylor and Angus Jacobs
Musical Director: Adam Pennington
Choreography: Angus Jacobs
Set Design: Jude Chalk and David Taylor
Costume Design: Lynda Twidale
Lighting and Sound Design: Stephen Ley

Stage Manager: Sarah Ambrose
Assistant Director: Sara Al Ghanem
ASMs : Ruth Sanderson, Ann Watchorn, Laura Coulton
Lighting Operator : Laura Corkill
Sound Operator: Phillip Ley
Showgirl costumes by Jackie Robinson
Wardrobe Assistants: Patricia Bennett, Christine Bowmaker
Scenic Painter: Laura Coulton
Rigging, Set Construction and Get-in : Andy Hind, Leon Chambers, Matthew Ibbotson, Giorgia Bresciani, Claris Carvalho, Diana Mukalere, Jordan Dawes, Rae Macaskill, Keith Syrett, Michael Davies, Millie Weson, Alex Burton, Katerina Mitsi, Laura Duckett and members of the cast & crew



Alex Dehn
This is Alex Dehn's debut performance with the Tower Theatre Company. Alex has been singing for as long as he can remember (much to the chagrin of his parents, flatmates, and girlfriend), and likes to think he can dance well for someone who never really learnt how to dance. Hailing from Australia, he has been actively involved in musical theatre since his school days, with highlights including playing Governor Slaton in Parade, Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer, and being in the ensemble for an award-winning semi-professional run of Jesus Christ Superstar. Since moving to London in 2019, he has relished getting stuck into the amateur theatre scene, being involved in productions of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, American Idiot and Cats. He is honoured and delighted to be bringing the role of Joey to life.
  Victoria Flint
Victoria Flint is delighted to be returning to the Tower for the first musical in its new home. Previous roles for the Tower include Sarah in Guys and Dolls (the last musical in its old home), Yum Yum (Hot Mikado), April (Company), Rosalind (As You Like It), Hortense (The Boyfriend) and Gilda (Design for Living). Other favourite roles include Joan in Dames at Sea (Cannizaro Park), Carrie in Carousel (Wimbledon Theatre) and recreating numerous Eurovision acts for SEDOS. Victoria can usually be found in victory rolls and seamed stockings performing at vintage festivals with her trio Blitz 'n Pieces.
Sophie Platts-Martin
This is Sophie Platts-Martin’s second production with Tower, having played Olivia in Twelfth Night last year. She is no stranger to the world of am-dram, having performed in numerous productions with SEDOS and other theatrical societies. When Sophie isn’t prancing around on stage, you can find her elbow-deep in cake batter or drawing things.
  Alan Maddrell
For the Tower, Alan Maddrell played Joe Meek in Telstar, Tristan Tzara in Travesties and, most recently, Christy in All That Fall. Shows with other companies include Dracula, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Black Comedy (KDC); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Gross Indecency, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Taming of the Shrew (SEDOS). He also co-wrote The War of the Waleses, co-directed The Provoked Wife and directed Ubu Rex for KDC.
Maeve Curry
Maeve Curry has previously performed as lead singer with Riverdance (Gaiety Theatre, Dublin) and through her association with this show, she sang for then First Lady, Michelle Obama during her state visit to Ireland. From there she moved to London to train at the Royal Academy of Music. Her credits include Snow White in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Cork Opera House); Baroness Elberfeld in The Sound of Music (Cork Opera House), Miss Krumholztz in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (City of London Festival) and The Whore/Claire in the UK Premiere of Amour for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the broadwayworld.com UK Awards. Since then, she has performed at the Old Vic Theatre (OV200), in London's West End (A Christmas Carol, Lyceum Theatre), and most recently, with South London Theatre in their productions of Father of Lies (Woman), Holes (Marie) and A Super Happy Show [About Feeling Super Sad] (Sally). Maeve is thrilled to be performing for the first time with the Tower Theatre Company!
  Jack Hanrahan
This is Jack Hanrahan's first performance with the Tower Theatre. His credits include Cioffi in Curtains, Roan in Parade, Audrey II in The Little Shop of Horrors and ensemble in A Chorus Line, Jekyll & Hyde, Legally Blonde, She Loves Me, Our House and American Idiot, all with UCD Musical Society. He originated the role of Hannon in the Irish musical Dawn na Dorcha at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin and played Ford's head engineer in the TV series Titans. Pal Joey is the first production Jack has performed in since coming to the UK and he is thrilled to be playing the role of Ludlow.
Rachel Berg
Rachel Berg trained as a professional dancer and choreographer. Her career took her all over the world including Sadlers Wells, Abbey Road Studios, York Minster, KoKo in Camden and the inside of a hot air balloon to mention only a few! 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. Other Tower productions include Nell Gwynn, Frankenstein, The Winter's Tale, The Seagull and The Boy who fell into a Book.
  Ella Murphy
Ella Murphy has been a member of the Tower since November. This is her second production with the company, having portrayed Maret in Spring Forward’s Distant Early Warning. She trained on the foundation course at The Oxford School of Drama last year.
Kaya Minton
Kaya Minton is a graduate from the BRIT School and Millennium Performing Arts. This is her first performance with the Tower Theatre; she has throughly enjoyed this rehearsal process and can’t wait for her friends and family to watch. Recent credits include Disney Stars On Parade (Disneyland Paris), 42nd Street (Bathway Theatre), and dancer on the BRIT Awards and The X Factor.
  Caroline Scott
This is Caroline Scott's debut performance with the Tower. She is an Irish Actor, Presenter and YouTuber (@TheCarolineScott). Caroline trained in Dublin with The Abbey and then with Youth Music Theatre UK. Favourite roles have included Catherine from Proof, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Polly from A Beggar’s Opera. She hopes you enjoy this glittering revival of Pal Joey and the unapologetic sass her character exudes!
Emma Rossi
Pal Joey is Emma Rossi's first production with the Tower Theatre. She is currently a student at Goldsmiths University studying Arts Management and has taken part in productions as part of the Musical Theatre Society. Past performances include Frieda in Carrie: The Musical and Fastrada in Pippin. Independent productions include choreography for The Lock In Musical and Wharehouse, a Goldsmiths Masters project. Emma is very much looking forward to appearing in the show.
  Andrew Dove
This is Andrew Dove's first production with the Tower after joining the company in January. After working in local government for 2 decades mostly in Environmental projects, Andrew trained in Acting at the City Lit in 2022. He is excited to be in the ensemble of Pal Joey and it's his first appearance in a musical.
Bernard Gallant
Bernard Gallant graduated from Drama Studio London in 2021. During his training, he played roles in The One, Hamlet, An Enemy of the People and Tartuffe. Since graduating, he’s acted in various short films, amongst which In Bordeaux and Sex Fruits, and also played in the feature films The Pod Generation and Into The Mystic. Throughout the day, you can find him waiting tables at SoHo House. This is Bernard’s first production with the Tower Theatre.
  Arthur Poole
Arthur Poole found his passion for theatre at university and was keen to get back into it when he moved to London late last year. After joining the Tower Theatre, he is very excited to not just be taking part in his first Tower Theatre production but also his first musical.
Sam Stewart
Sam Stewart trained with National Youth Music Theatre and is currently completing a diploma in acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has performed in several visiting shows at the Tower, and Pal Joey is his debut performance with the Tower Theatre Company. Recent credits include Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, The Son in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest and Eros in Antony and Cleopatra.
  Adam Pennington
This is Adam Pennington's second production with the Tower Theatre Company. He played keyboards for the Tower’s production of Coram Boy in Stoke Newington as well as the tour to the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Adam works as a choir leader in South London as well as a rehearsal and audition pianist for the Rose Bruford Acting School. He has recently conducted the band for a Goldsmiths Musical Theatre Society production of Pippin. In June 2022, The Lock In - A New Musical Comedy debuted at the George Wood Theatre with busic and lyrics by Adam.
Angus Jacobs
Angus Jacobs graduated from GSA several years ago now! and is delighted to be on the production team for Pal Joey, not that it’s his first time working with David - he played Carmen Ghia in Tower’s award winning production of The Producers. Angus feels lucky to still perform and recently played Skimbleshanks (Centre Stage, Bridewell), and also direct and choreograph - credits include Grease (BATS, Haymarket Basingstoke), Soho Cinders and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (both SEDOS, Bridewell Theatre) amongst others.
  David Taylor
David Taylor's early years were spent tinkering with model theatres and doing school plays but his first directing job for the Tower Theatre (as a very young man) was The Boy Friend in 1975. Since then he has directed and designed and occasionally acted in a wide range of shows. Favourite play productions include Pygmalion, Nicholas Nickleby, My Night With Reg, As You Like It and Lark Rise, and favourite musicals include Mr Cinders, West Side Story, On The Town, Blitz, Valmouth, Sail Away, Guys and Dolls and The Producers. which won the Minack Theatre trophy for the best production of the season in 2014. In 2016, he led the Tower's team in their co-production with the RSC of A Midsummer Night's Dream - A Play for the Nation, which was presented at the Barbican Theatre in London and the RSC theatre in Stratford. His most recent productions were Gainsborough's Girls in 2019 and The Sketchbooks in 2021.