Comic Potential

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Victor Craven

Tuesday 21st - Saturday 25th May, 2013

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis


Photography by David Sprecher


Cast
Adam Trainsmith : Andy Murton
Chandler Tate : Ian Hoare
Lester Trainsmith/Hotel Desk Clerk/Hotel Waiter 1 :
Richard Kirby
Doctor/Farmer/Man in Dress Shop/Turkey :
Matthew Vickers
Young Man/Marmion/Hotel Waiter 2/Technician :
Michael Bettell
Jacie Triplethree : Helena Franklin
Trudi Floote/Girl in Dress Shop : Courtney Farrow
Prim Spring : Simona Hughes
Carla Pepperbloom : Anne Connell
Mother/Farmer's Wife/Dress Shop Assistant/
Prostitute
: Janet South

Production Team
Director : Victor Craven
Set Design : Roger Beaumont
Costume Supervisor : Jill Batty
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Victor Craven
Music Composition : Paul Rissmann
Movement Director : Ruth Sullivan
Fight Arranger : Richard Kirby
Stage Manager : Aysha Tupman
Assistant Stage Managers : Michelle Roebuck, Tom Tillery, Jill Ruane, Sue Brodie
Lighting Operator : Adrian Calvo-Valderrama
Sound Operator : Alex Buckley
Set Construction : Roger Beaumont, Michael Bettell, Phillip Ley, Keith Syrett, Richard Davies, Jude Chalk and members of the cast & crew
Make-up and Hair Design : Nikola Wells
Make-up and Hair Assistant : Charlotte Palmer
Assistant Director : Caitlin Homes
Dialect Coach : Lily Ann Coleman
Voice Coach : Julia Collier
Publicity Manager : Ann Blumenstock



Andy Murton joined the Tower Theatre towards the end of last year. This is his third production : he played Clov in Endgame last November and Freddie in The Deep Blue Sea in March. He also appeared at the Bridewell last summer with SEDOS in The Man of Destiny swapping between the roles of Napoleon and Lieutenant on alternate performances.

Ian Hoare joined the Tower in 2002 and has been involved in 18 productions. His favourite roles have been Hamm in Endgame, Lord Cecil in 5/11, Otto in The Diary of Anne Frank and Rev. Parris in The Crucible. A journalist and lecturer by trade, Ian lives in Holloway within easy walking distance of the greatest football team the world has ever seen.

Richard Kirby graduated from the City Lit in 2004 after spending many years in various drama groups in North London. Played the Lord Mayor of London in Catchy, with Total Beast, the Gravedigger and Player King in Tower Theatre's Hamlet, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream with Connecting Arts. On screen has played a lorry driver in a safety viral for Transport for London, a disgusted passer-by in an anti-smoking viral, a villager in Born of Hope for Actors at Work and Sergeant O'Rourke in Detective Story, by Psychic Cat Productions. Has also been fight director on Double Falsehood and Turn of the Screw for CP Theatre and on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for the Tower.

Michael Bettell's acting career started in 1973 at the the ripe age of 4 when his brother Paul cast him as the Housewife in his short film Gone with the Windows. He joined the Tower in 2010 and has since worked on nearly 40 Tower productions in one capacity or another. He is absolutely delighted to be taking his second acting role for the Tower, following his recent appearance in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

This is Helena Franklin's fourth Tower Theatre production; she previously appeared as Melitta in Mrs Klein, Lucille in The Slab Boys and Queen Ane in 5/11. Helena began performing with Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company over fifteen years ago, and has since been involved in many Shakespeare productions including The Tempest (Miranda) and Henry V (Princess Catherine). She has acted a number of times at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Whilst studying for a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare at University College London she was an active member of the Drama Society, with parts including Dotty in Jumpers and Elizabeth Barry in The Libertine.

This is Courtney Farrow's third production with the Tower Theatre Company having previously appeared in The Voysey Inheritance as Ethel and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as Candy. In Australia her past credits include Dog's Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth as multiple characters, Our Country's Good as Mary, Deli Chicks as Sandra and the title role in Antigone.

Simona Hughes joined the Tower in 2002, during its last year in its former Canonbury home, and has since appeared in some 12 productions, amongst which she has played Diana in Absent Friends, Elida in The Lady from the Sea, Portia in Julius Caesar, Paige in Dinner, Lady Celia Cain in Her Naked Skin and most recently Carla Buckingham in Baba Shakespeare, which involved the journey from a leaky cold tent in Dalston to being treated like pros at the Swan Theatre in Stratford ... She is also on the company committee, the property group and helps with wardrobe occasionally. She is a big Ayckbourn fan, and thrilled to be in this production.

Anne Connell has been with the Tower since 1994, playing numerous parts including Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa, Mrs. Venables in Suddenly Last Summer, the Narrator in Under Milk Wood, Muriel in Habeas Corpus, the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, Jane Murdstone in David Copperfield and, most recently, Grace in On Religion. She also co-authored Curiouser and Curiouser, an adaptation and merging of both of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" books, performed at the Minack Theatre in 2008.

Janet South has been involved with the Tower for many years during which she has taken roles both on stage and off. She has appeared in numerous plays and musicals including Countess Charlotte (A Little Night Music), Jenny (Company), Anna (Closer), Emma Timms (Lark Rise) and Mme Dubonnet (The Boy Friend. Choreography credits include Company, The Wind in the Willows, Curiouser and Curiouser, Sweet Charity, Cabaret, Mr Cinders, Once in a Lifetime and The Boy Friend (twice). When not rehearsing Janet can be found doing jazz hands at Pineapple Studios or thwacking a shuttlecock around a North London sports centre.

Matthew Vickers's first production with the Tower Theatre was Popcorn in 2003. He has since acted in a variey of plays including Separate Tables, Absent Friends, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and more recently Dinner, Darker Shores and The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife.

Victor Craven's extensive list of credits include as Director - On Religion, Blackbird, A Chip in the Sugar, Her Big Chance, Bed Among the Lentils, A Lady of Letters, Habeas Corpus, Lettice & Lovage, Ten Times Table, Relatively Speaking, Confusions, One For the Road and Toad of Toad Hall; as Actor - The Dresser (Norman), Hay Fever (Simon); Teechers (Salty); Season's Greetings (Neville); Antigone (Haemon); Confusions (Ernest); My Cousin Rachel (Philip) and Calendar Girls (Liam); as Video Designer - Enron, On Religion, The Cause, Frankenstein and The Beekeeper; as Sound Designer - Comic Potential, The Voysey Inheritance and On Religion; as Assistant Director - Demolition in Progress and The Slab Boys .