Telstar

Telstar

by Nick Moran with James Hicks

Directed by Phillip Ley
Musical Director : Colin Guthrie

Tuesday 28th January -
Saturday 1st February, 2014

The Tower Theatre performing
at the Bridewell Theatre



Photography by Ruth Anthony

Cast
Joe Meek : Alan Maddrell
Mrs Violet Shenton : Helen McCormack
Heinz Burt : Danny Stokes
Major Banks : John Irvine
Geoff Goddard : Chris McCrudden
Patrick Pink : Sebastian Chrispin
Clem Cattini/Bailiff : Bob Churchill
Chas Hodges : Paul Johnson
John Leyton/Lord Sutch/Simon/Policeman/Alan Blaikley : Dom Ward
Billy Kuy/Alan Caddy/Richie Blackmore/John Peel : Adam Moulder
Bailiff : Peta Barker
Bailiff/Policeman : Stephen Brasher


The Band
Colin Guthrie (Keyboards / Guitar)
Joey Bradick (Guitar)
Phillip Ley (Bass)
Peter Werth (Drums)
Peta Barker (Percussion)
Annemarie Fearnley (Vocals)
Sarah Sharp (Vocals)

Production Team
Director : Phillip Ley
Musical Director : Colin Guthrie
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : David Taylor
Assisted by : Alex Scully & Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound : Colin Guthrie, Laurence Tuerk & Peter Ley
Assistant Director: Anna Dimdore
Fight Arranger : Richard Kirby
Movement/Dance : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Richard Davies
Assistant Stage Managers : Stephen Brasher, Moira McSperrin, Wayne Gilbart
Lighting Operator : Jess Bernberg
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, Wendy Parry, Andy Hind, Michael Bettell, Nick Insley, Isaac Insley, Penny Tuerk and members of the cast & crew
Publicity Co-Ordinator : Anna Dimdore




This is Alan Maddrell's debut for the Tower. Previous shows include Dracula, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Black Comedy (KDC); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Gross Indecency, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and The Taming of the Shrew (SEDOS). He also co-wrote The War of the Waleses, co-directed The Provoked Wife and directed Ubu Rex for KDC.

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 and, most recently, Entertaining Mr. Orton.

This is Danny Stokes first Tower show. He trained at East 15 acting school for a year on the Cert HE foundation course. He then returned after a year off to complete his three year actor training. Having worked since then fairly steadily in theatre and other forms of the performing arts, Danny has now decided that teaching is the next step in his professional career. But giving up acting all together is out of the question! The Tower Theatre is professional enough in its running and more than bold enough in its work to scratch that insatiable itch.

John Irvine's previous roles have included Borkin in Ivanov, Tropatchov in The Parasite, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Sigmund Freud and Maynard Keynes in A Knife In The Whale, Sorin in The Seagull, Matvey in A Month In The Country, Duke Senior in As You Like It, Jim in Breathing Corpses, DS Ross in Breaking The Code, and Sir Charles Gill in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. His credits with the Tower include Her Naked Skin, 5/11, Macbeth, Princess Ivona, The Trial and Dying For It.

Telstar is Chris McCrudden's second production at the Tower Theatre, for which he made his debut in July 2013 as Neil in Speaking in Tongues. Before joining the company Chris has been seen on stages across the country in his former guise as a cabaret artist and burlesque performer. Previous dramatic credits include Amadeus, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Pravda and Pericles.

Sebastian Chrispin joined the Tower Theatre Company in 2013 and performed a rehearsed reading of After the Dance last September. He was previously a member of the Brussels Shakespeare Society where he took lead roles in Richard II and All's Well That Ends Well. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre and various other theatre groups, taking part in two tours to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This is Sebastian's first full-scale production with the Tower.

Bob Churchill spent a few memorable years with the Swan Theatre Amateur Company (STAC) in Worcester, his diverse roles including Babbs (aka the "aunt") in Charley's Aunt, the killer Wayne in Popcorn, and the male roles in the two-hander, The Blue Room. He also played an evil ice wizard in STAC's children's theatre. Telstar is his first production both in London and for the Tower.

As Jacques says in As You Like It, "One man in his time plays many parts". This is true in Paul Johnson's case. In his short 4 year stint at acting he has played a sea captain in Twelfth Night, a milkman in Mistaken for Strangers, a dodgy south London geezer in Dinner, a wrestler and loved up shepherd in As You Like It, and now in his debut performance for the Tower, one of his childhood heroes Chas. Sound as a pound my old china!

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 Devil (Brimstone and Treacle) to (the front half of) a pantomime horse. Most recently, Dom played the Geordie manager of an adult cinema who accidentally kidnaps Reggie Kray in KDC's Bones. Dom is currently directing Coyote on a Fence for the Tower which will open at the Bridewell on March 25th.

Adam Moulder is looking forward to playing some great characters from the history of British music, especially considering in real life he possesses the musical talent of a donkey. His only previous show with Tower was Proof a few years back and he has also performed with Sedos, KDC and Putney Arts Theatre, one of the highlights playing Roma to Alan Madrell's Ui in The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui.

Peta Barker's acting credits include Driving Miss Daisy, Brighton Beach Scumbags, Shining City, The Weir, Dealer's Choice, Woza Albert, The Tempest (Caliban), Othello (Iago) and the voice of the plant in The Little Shop of Horrors. Peta's directing credits include Blue Remembered Hills, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Brimstone and Treacle, Lysistrata and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

This is Stephen Brasher's first appearance on stage since he accidentally poked a shepherd in the eye during a nativity play in 1976. Once every thirty years is probably about right. He is more usually found doing Front of House duties, helping to organise company auditions, writing the programme notes for most Tower productions and reviewing them in "Noises Off".

In 27 years as a Tower member Colin Guthrie has musical directed, composed, directed and acted in many shows. Recent shows he has musical directed include David Copperfield, The Boy Friend, Lark Rise and, just before Christmas last year, Goodnight Mr. Tom. Acting roles have included Mozart in Amadeus, Ian in Shining City, William Cain in Her Naked Skin and, most recently, a Beggar Musician in Dying For It. He has directed many shows including the recent production of The Voysey inheritance, as well as the last play to be produced at the Tower's old home in Canonbury, Strangers on a Train. By day, Colin is a sound engineer for BBC Radio Drama and has directed a number of radio plays, including adapting and directing the first radio production of Peter Nichols' Passion Play.

Joey Bradick is currently taking Music as a degree at Sussex University. Telstar is his fifth Tower production, having previously performed in Lark Rise, David Copperfield, Dying For It and Goodnight Mr. Tom. He has also played in the band for Fenella Lee's one-woman show, Songs in the Key of Lee, and is a member of the Fortismere Jazz Quintet.

Peter Werth picked up his first pair of drumsticks in 1964 and soon became accomplished in a wide range of musical styles.In the 1970's he was in demand as a freelance semi-professional drummer fitting his love of music around his successful career as an award winning fashion designer. Today he runs his own jazz ensemble (Peter Werth's Jazz Crew), playing regularly on the London jazz scene and appearing monthly at North London's illustrious jazz venue, the Scolt Head pub in Islington. Peter has enjoyed playing for several Tower productions including Blitz, Sweet Charity and The Boyfriend.

Annemarie Fearnley's 25 year career with the Tower has included parts such as Dick Whittington, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Irina in Three Sisters, Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton, Susan in Company, Violinist in Lark Rise, Second Witch in Macbeth, Anne Vaux in 5/11, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Rosa Dartle in David Copperfield. She is a former member of the 1940's group "Simply Vocal" and "The Checkmates" and has also performed with All Star Productions in Assassins at Theatro Technis and with Completely Productions in Company at The Bull.

This is Sarah Sharp's sixth production with the Tower. Last year she appeared in The Voysey Inheritance, Educating Rita and Goodnight Mr. Tom. As well as acting she is also prolific as a reviews and features writer for several online magazines, and spends her spare time writing songs and annoying her housemates. She has recently written and directed her first short film.

Phillip Ley's first role at the Tower was a dead body in a sack, ensuring instant child stardom. He later gravitated towards music and the technical side of productions. Notable productions include devising the Blues Brothers and Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue, directing Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, designing the set for The Voysey Inheritance and writing the musical Paradise - a Rock'n'roll Fable.