The Little Prince  
The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In a brand new adaptation, directed by Angharad Ormond

Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 October, 2023

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

The Little Ptrince :

Ensemble
Sam Alan
Flavia Di Saverio
Paul Graves
Cicely Halkes-Wellstead
Simona Hughes
James Johnston
Sam D’Leon
Janet South
Matt Tylianakis

 

Production Team

Director : Angharad Ormond
Set Design : Isaac Insley
Costume Design : Roxanne Roberts
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley
Sound Design : Paul Graves
Music : Tamara Douglas-Morris
Desert track clarinet improvisation by Sam D’Leon
Movement Director : Nevena Stojkov

Stage Manager : Ragan Keefer
Assistant Directors : Natasha Miah, Ian Hoare
ASM : Isobel Quiroz
Costume Assistant : Angela Large
Sound Operator : Matthew Ibbotson
Lighting Operator : Chris Frawley
Set Construction, Rigging and Get-in : Matthew Adams, Max Batty, Yasemin Buyurgan, Nick Insley, Phillip Ley, Gary O’Keefe, Rob Hebblethwaite and members of the cast & production team



Thisakya Dias
Thisakya Dias joined the Tower Theatre in January 2022. The Little Prince marks her is her second theatrical endeavour after a decade-long break from performing. She performed in Two Billion Beats at the theatre earlier this year. Thissy previously cultivated her love of acting from her early years, performing with The Young Theatre Company and the National Youth Theatre, before acting in a number of plays and short films at the University of Warwick, where she studied Politics. One of Thissy’s last productions, The Babysitter, won four awards at National Students Drama Festival and went on to complete a full run at the Pleasance Courtyard during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
  Sam Alan
Sam Alan is a Scottish actor who joined the Tower Theatre in July. Thrilled to be making his debut performance with The Little Prince, Sam has been an aspiring actor for the past six years. Spending his twenties working behind scenes in the music and film industries it wasn't until a leap of faith into Berlin divulged his true passion to act. Sam threw himself into the world of acting and improv culminating in a lead role in the feature film Intruder, a year-long Meisner course with Actors Space-Berlin, and an experimental theatre piece at the Berlin Expat Expo Festival. Subsequently, returning to London via performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018, highlights have included two performances at the Royal Opera House with Boris Godunov and Don Pasquale. Sam is also a member of Actors and Writers London (AWL).
Paul Graves
For the Tower, Paul Graves has appeared in Kensuke's Kingdom (Stella Artois), The Canterbury Tales (The Priest), Trainspotting (Renton) and 1984 (Winston). He also played Gregor Samsa in the SceneSaver award-nominated Metamorphosis in Lockdown. Elsewhere, he has performed with Putney Theatre Company in Twelfth Night (Orsino) and Stories from the Attic (Grandma puppeteer).
  Cicely Halkes-Wellstead
This is Cicely Halkes-Wellstead's debut Tower performance; she joined as a member in June this year. Finishing research in Eastern European Politics at UCL, she has now jumped into the acting world. Her credits include Electra as Clytemnestra, Raising the Wreck as Mary Read and Machinal as Defence Lawyer. She has also tried her hand at directing, with Rotterdam at Bedlam Theatre. She is so excited to be a part of the cast of this enchanting and intriguing production of The Little Prince.
Simona Hughes
Simona Hughes completed her MFA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated (with distinction) in 2019. She is one of the Artistic Directors at the Tower Theatre and has been a company member for 20 years, during which time she has served on the Management Committee and both acted and directed. Directing credits at Tower include Labour of Love, Coram Boy, A Passage to India, Table, Love Love Love & Brontë. Elsewhere she has directed (short pieces) at Theatre 503, Vault Festival, The Bread and Roses and The Pit (Barbican) and has written and directed her own play About 500, which was staged at The Union, The Omnibus and The King’s Head and was nominated for 3 awards.
  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, Ralph in Bouncers, Henri in Mosquitoes, M in Play and Tommy in All That Fall.
Sam D'Leon
Sam D'Leon is new to the Tower and this is his first stage production in 20 years. He graduated from ALRA in 1990 and worked as an actor and workshop leader in various productions and T.I.E projects. Acting roles included Constantine in The Seagull Touchstone in As You Like It, Bronterre O’Brian Price in Major Barbara, Geovani in 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Keith Burgess in Stage Door. He also performed as a mime and clown in theme parks and special events and from 1995 as a juggler in night clubs. After retraining, he performed regularly as a musician from 2006 up until the pandemic. Since then Sam has acted in some short films and is very excited to be in this production at the Tower and back in the world of theatre.
  Matt Tylianakis
For the Tower, Matt Tylianakis was previously seen as Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, as Otis/Gaddarn in Coram Boy and as Buckingham in Richard III. He's been fairly active in the London amateur theatre scene since arriving here over a decade ago from New Zealand. He's appeared as Soranzo in Tis Pity She's A Whore (KDC), as Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (Spread Eagle Players) and as Harry Brewer in Our Country's Good (SEDOS). In real life he works in the graphic design industry as digital damage control.
Flavia Di Saverio
This is Flavia Di Saverio’s fourth show at the Tower, after appearing in Antigone, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Under Milk Wood. Flavia has been involved in amateur theatre on and off since she was a child, and over the years she has combined her passion for foreign languages with the stage, performing in Italian, French, English and Spanish. Back in Italy, her main stage credits included roles in Cinderella, Pygmalion, Round Heads and Pointed Heads, Black Comedy and Our Town. Elsewhere in London, she has appeared in Treasure Island and in an adaptation of Three Men in a Boat, both for Putney Theatre Company.
  Janet South
Janet South has been involved with the Tower for many years during which she has taken roles both on stage and off. Acting credits include Countess Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Jenny (Company), Anna (Closer), Mme Dubonnet (The Boy Friend), Mrs Gainsborough (Gainsborough's Girls), Mrs Turton (A Passage to India) and Lady Ashbrook (Coram Boy). She also appeared as co-puppeteer for a baby orangutan in Kensuke's Kingdom.
Angharad Ormond
Angharad Ormond has been a Tower Theatre company member for 8 years and until recently served as one of three Artistic Directors. She was the recipient of the 2017 Frank Smith award which recognises outstanding contributions from a new member. Angharad graduated from Drama Studio London in 2009 and is particularly interested in theatre that pushes the boundaries, both artistically and politically; she has a passion for multi-modal creations, combining masks, puppetry, movement and live music. Angharad both acts and directs for the company, focusing on the latter more over the recent years. She has a proven track record for working with adaptations and new writing. Directing credits include Kindertransport; an immersive production of 1984; a modern reimagining of The Canterbury Tales and Kensuke’s Kingdom. During lockdown she developed a brand-new three-part audio play, 5 Women Now & Then, and produced the Tower Theatre Podcast. Her online production of Metamorphosis (in Lockdown) received an OffWestEnd OnComm nomination and was a finalist in the Most Innovative Production category of the Scenesaver Birthday Honours List.