The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre
Photography by David Sprecher
Cast Robert Alvin "Bobby" Reyburn : Dan Usztan
John Brennan : Matthew Vickers
Shawna DuChamps : Sacha Walker
Samuel "Sam" Fried : Paul Rutledge
Director : Dom Ward
Set Design : Michael Bettell
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Adam Taylor
Sound Design : Dom Ward
Stage Manager : Sarah Ambrose
ASM : Richard Davies
Lighting Operator : Jess Bernberg
Sound Operator : Jacqui Dickson
Set Construction and Get-in : Michael Bettell, Keith Syrett, Jude
Chalk, Phillip Ley, Stephen Ley, Rob
Irvine, Lesley Scarth and members of the cast &
Publicity Co-ordinator : Jean Collins
Matthew Vickers's first show with the Tower was Popcorn in 2003 where he played Karl Brezner and very quickly got shot. Since then he's enjoyed playing a variety of roles including Charles in Separate Tables, Colin in Absent Friends, Beauregard in Darker Shores and J.D. Winkler in The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. He is looking forward to playing John Brennan in Coyote on a Fence, a challenging role in a thought provoking play.
For the Tower, Dan Usztan previously played Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot. Elsewhere he has been seen in Henry V (Network Theatre) and Stags and Hens, The Real Inspector Hound, Round and Round the Garden, Hobson's Choice, Twelfth Night and Two (Woodhouse Players). As a director, productions include The Ruffian on the Stair, Our Country's Good, Bear Hug, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Crucible and Daisy Pulls It Off (Woodhouse Players) and The Comedy of Errors (Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton).
This summer he will direct the Tower's production of Terence Rattigan's After the Dance Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate.
Sacha Walker has appeared with the Tower as Suffolk in 5/11, Margarita in Dying For It and Mrs Mary McLeavy in Loot. Roles for other companies include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit and Sian in Dinner. In 2006, she directed a production of Wuthering Heights with original music by Justin Sullivan of New Model Army, and produced and costumed a Napoleonic adaptation of Henry V in 2012.
Paul Rutledge trained at the Dramatic Workshop in New York. With the Tower he has played many flawed characters :
Creon (Antigone), George (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf), Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge), Stanley
Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Iago (Othello) and Salieri (Amadeus). As contrast, there was Don't
Drink the Water (UK Première) and Felix (The Odd Couple). More recent roles include Tom Driberg (Tom and Clem), Niels Bohr (Copenhagen), Vanya (Uncle Vanya) and Estragon (Waiting for Godot).
Dom Ward joined the Tower by accident, having been press-ganged into a production of The Entertainer in 2001. Having briefly cornered the market in romantic juveniles with roles in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Hot Mikado and Guys and Dolls, Dom went off to train at Mountview Academy. Since then he's broadened his range, playing everything from the Geordie manager of an adult cinema in KDC's Bones to (the front half of) a pantomime horse. When there are no parts to audition for Dom has a go at directing, tackling anything from Victorian ghost stories (Darker Shores) to classic farce (Loot).