Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Gigi Robarts

Tuesday 16th -
Saturday 20th December, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

Photography by David Sprecher

Photography by Ruth Anthony

Neville : Joe Banks
Belinda : Lynne O'Sullivan
Bernard : Martin Shaw
Phyllis : Helen McCormack
Rachel : Ruth Sullivan
Clive : Alex Kearley-Shiers
Pattie : Sacha Walker
Eddie : Andy Murton
Harvey : John Chapman

Production Team
Director : Gigi Robarts
Set Design : Ippolita Valentinetti & Michael Bettell
Lighting Design : Peter Fennell
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan
Wardrobe : Gigi Robarts

Stage Manager : Michael Bettell
Assistant Director : Michelle Roebuck
Assistant Stage Manager : Jayne Lawrence
Lighting Operator : Danny Vavrecka
Sound Operator : Kaushal Ginige
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, John McSpadyen, Adam Taylor, Max Batty, Paulina Podemska, Maria Violeta, Laurence Tuerk and members of the cast & crew
Publicity : Matthew Partridge

Joe Banks joined the Tower in 2013 and Season's Greetings is his debut production. His most recent acting performance was in the film Hide and Seek, which won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival. Previous acting roles at University include Tom in The Glass Menagerie and Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa. He works as a self-employed Painter and Decorator.

Lynne O'Sullivan's theatre roles include Foreign Lands, Suddenly Last Summer and A Party to the Divorce at the Edinburgh Festival. She has also played in Donegal Wake, Dangerous Liaisons, The Misunderstanding and, most recently, The Winslow Boy. This is her second role with the Tower Theatre, following Elmire in Tartuffe earlier this year.

This is Martin Shaw's fourth show with the Tower Theatre. He played Mr Barkis in the 2012 production of David Copperfield in London and at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Last year he played Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and this year Touchstone in Seasons Greetings, both of which toured to Paris. He studied Drama at Liverpool University and previous shows include Hamlet, Our Country's Good, The Crucible and, most recently, The Apple Cart for KDC Theatre.

Helen McCormack has previously appeared for the Tower Theatre in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Fred and Madge, The Kitchen, Brimstone and Treacle, Garden, Absent Friends, Sordid Lives, David Copperfield, Entertaining Mr. Orton and Telstar.

Ruth Sullivan's work with the Tower includes: as an actor - Speaking in Tongues, Brighton Beach Scumbags and The Real Thing; as a choreographer - Putting It Together and the Eddie and Otis Soul Revue; and as a director - Macbeth, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Last Five Years and, most recently, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. She also choreographed Hair and Assassins for SEDOS and Jesus Christ Superstar for Centre Stage. Professionally, Ruth is a Foley Artist. Films include Eyes Wide Shut, Troy, Le Weekend and Mamma Mia! TV includes Downton Abbey and Muskateers. She also performs live theatre Foley, most recently in Simon McBurney's The Magic Flute as well as in several projects for Katie Mitchell.

Alex Kearley-Shiers is a drama graduate from Queen Mary University, London. Credits include: Tartuffe with the Tower Theatre, I Am A Camera, The Seagull Effect, Fastburn in collaboration with the National Youth Theatre and Kneehigh, Mojo, Polar Bears, Attempts On Her Life, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing and Cuba.

Sacha Walker has appeared most recently with the Tower as Kath in The Kitchen Sink and earlier this year as prison guard Shawna in Coyote on a Fence. Previously 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. Outside of theatre Sacha works for the advocacy and campaigning organization ONE.

John Chapman has appeared in twelve of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's plays and for good measure has directed nine more. He has attended summer school workshops with the man himself, taken tea with him and regularly visits the theatre he set up in Scarborough; John even has a character in one play named after him. Though this does not make him an expert, it at least suggests that he knows what he is doing. In total he has appeared in/directed over a hundred productions. Somewhat of a "latecomer" to the Tower Theatre he has appeared in David Copperfield, Loot, The Mystery of Edwin Drood! and The Doctor's Dilemma.

Andy Murton has recently appeared as Pete in Loaded at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Upstairs at the Gatehouse with the Tower. He's also currently working on a project with AlterEgo Theatre Company and the City of London Police called Behind Closed Doors, raising awareness of Domestic Abuse.

Gigi Robarts trained as an actor and worked professionally for over 20 years. Gigi got her BA in theatre at Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she won a scholarship. Gigi moved to London a few years ago and started acting until she was offered a chance to direct Tartuffe at the Putney Theatre Company. Since then she has directed Black Widow, Loveplay, Jake's Women, The Long Run, Huis Clos, The Children's Hour, Hay Fever and L'Ecole Des Femmes (School for Wives) for various London-based companies. For the Tower Theatre, she has directed The Odd Couple (female version), Crimes of the Heart, Educating Rita, Some Girl(s) and, earlier this year, Tartuffe.