Dancing at Lughnasa

by Brian Friel

Directed by Martin Mulgrew

Tuesday 22nd -
Saturday 26th October, 2013

The Tower Theatre performing
Upstairs at the Gatehouse




Photography by David Sprecher


Cast
Kate : Julie Dark
Maggie : Jean Collins
Chris : Ruth Anthony
Agnes : Su Vigus
Rose : Ros Reeder
Gerry : Dan Usztan
Jack : Ian Recordon
Michael : Nick Cannon

Production Team
Director : Martin Mulgrew
Assistant Director : Julie Arrowsmith
Set Design : Michael Bettell
Assisted by Ippolita Valentinetti & Luwam Asghedom
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Assistant Costume Designer : Anna Dimdore
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Laurence Tuerk

Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Lighting Operator : Manisha Hirani or Nick Insley
Sound Operator : Jill Ruane or Adrian Calvo-Valderama
Set Construction : Michael Bettell, Ippolita Valentinetti, Luwam Asghedom and members of the cast & crew
Publicity Coordinator : Kimberley Cook



Ian Recordon has played a wide variety of roles ranging from Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuse), Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge), Sir (The Dresser), Ralph Nickleby and Newman Noggs (Nicholas Nickleby), C S Lewis (Shadowlands) and Frank Bryant (Educating Rita) to lighter roles such as Elyot (Private Lives), Henry Higgins (Pygmalion) Gary Essendine (Present Laughter), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Geoffrey (Stepping Out). Last year he played Graham (Talking Heads : A Chip in the Sugar) at the Landor Theatre, Tony Friedman (On Religion) and Tony Buckingham (Baba Shakespeare) at the Arcola Tent which then was invited by the RSC to perform at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

This is Dan Usztan's second outing with Tower after playing Dennis in Loot last year. Elsewhere, roles include Constable of France in Henry V (Network Theatre); Robbie in Stags and Hens, Tom in Round and Round the Garden and Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Woodhouse Players); Malcolm in Macbeth (Shakespeare Institute). As a director, Dan's work includes The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, Bear Hug, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Crucible , Daisy Pulls It Off (Woodhouse Players) and The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton).

2013 is Nick Cannon's 11th year with the Tower - he first trod the boards as Jeff in A Taste of Honey. Through the characters of Shaw, Coward, Rattigan and Neil Simon (to name but a few) and a fabulous time backstage in Playhouse Creatures, Nick feels he has aged and greyed through playing a range of loners and misfits ever since! He is delighted to be back on stage enjoying the craic with a cast of old and new friends.

Julie Dark's acting credits include a frumpy socialist in Chicken Soup With Barley, an uptight spinster in Hobson's Choice, a nasty nun in Once a Catholic and a jealous lesbian in Boston Marriage. She has also appeared in countless music halls and Friends evenings. Julie has also directed several productions including The Mill on the Floss, Cold Comfort Farm and A Streetcar Named Desire. She was also Chair at the Tower for three years.

This is Jean Collins' third performance with the Tower Theatre having played the conniving nurse Faye Loot last year. In 2012 Jean played a suffragette in Her Naked Skin. Jean has been a member of the Tower Theatre for almost three years and has been involved in different capacities from publicity to ASM on a number of productions - acting is where her main interests are though so she hopes to appear in other productions soon.

Su Vigus came to acting a few years ago through singing in amateur opera productions and this is her first venture with the Tower Theatre. Roles with other companies include Lucetta in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Cheltenham Rococo Players), Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream (SEDOS), a priest in Murder in the Cathedral (CP Theatre Productions) and a psychiatric nurse with multiple personality disorder in Dracula (KDC). Su also has Musical Director/Composer credits for Bazaar and Rummage (Network Theatre) and Murder in the Cathedral.

Ruth Anthony is returning to the stage for her second performance with Tower Theatre having played the exotic Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood! last Christmas. Since joining the company two years ago, Ruth has contributed to almost a dozen productions, with her credit most recently appearing alongside her photography for Entertaining Mr Orton at the Bridewell Theatre last month.

Rosalind Reeder graduated in Creative Arts and has been acting with various theatre companies ever since. She has been a Tower member since 2000 and has performed in a wide range of roles including works by Noel Coward, Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon and David Mamet. She last appeared at the Gatehouse exactly one year ago as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.