A Report to an Academy  
A Report to an Academy

by Franz Kafka

Adapted and directed by Alexander Kampmann

Wednesday 13 - Sunday 17 September, 2023

In the Tower Theatre Studio, Stoke Newington

Performed in repertory with Seagulls, by Caryl Churchill.

Photography by Jason Harris

Cast List

Lara Cosmetatos
Carlos Fain-Binda
Ricky Pancholi


Production Team

Director : Alexander Kampmann
Set Design : Angelika Michitsch
Lighting Design: Alexander Kampmann
Sound Design: Ruth Sullivan
Costume Design: Peter Westbury

Stage Manager: Laurence Tuerk
Lighting Operator: Sandra Reveira
Set Construction and Rigging: Gary O’Keefe, Diksha Jagtap, Trinidad Prieto, Stephanie Grundy

Lara Cosmetatos
Lara Cosmetatos is an early-career actor and director with a taste for the twisted and a year of post-graduation disillusionment behind her. Last year, she returned penniless from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, at which she directed Pearly Gates: A Kafkaesque Romcom in Heaven. Although she flung herself on or near the stage for as many student productions as she could (including Alice in Mosquitoes, the Marquis de Sade in Marat/Sade and Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro), she had not done much acting since emerging from uni until she appeared in the Tower's Ghost Stories last autumn.
  Carlos Fain-Binda
Carlos Fain-Binda found his way to the Tower four years ago, after completing a three-week acting class at Central School and rediscovering his enthusiasm for all things theatre. Since then he has appeared as an ensemble member in The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Jay in Ursa Major, Oscar in Sweat and Slender in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Ricky Pancholi
Ricky Pancholi discovered his desire to act post-Covid. The boredom of lockdowns forced him to explore a life that is a little more theatrical. He was in his first 2 plays ever playing Toby Maitland in POSH and The Reporter in Taking Care of Baby (for which he was awarded Best Newcomer and nominated for Performance of the Year by his University). Cache 2099, his self written play, was selected to be put on stage at the University theatre also. Ricky has since graduated and wishes to further explore this side of life, in London, through the Tower Theatre. He appeared in the Tower's production of The Ten Minute Play about Rosemary's Baby last year.
  Alexander Kampmann
After being lighting designer for Spring Forward and Richard III, A Report for an Academy is Alexander Kampmann's directing debut at the Tower. Previously, he directed several production in Germany, among them Don Karlos and Die Nacht in der der Chef geschlachtet wurde. For Alexander, the feelings invoked by a production, its perception by the audience and the experience of being in the room are an important part of theatre, so he constantly looks for situations where a gesture, a flash of light or a small step can say more than a thousand words.