Major Barbara

Major Barbara

by Bernard Shaw

Directed by Jacqui Marchant-Adams

Tuesday 17th -
Saturday 21st February, 2015

The Tower Theatre performing
at Theatro Technis, Camden






Photography by Ruth Anthony


Cast
Barbara Undershaft : Ella Imms
Adolphus Cusins : Alex Buckley
Lady Britomart Undershaft : Gerry Skeens
Andrew Undershaft : Niall Bishop
Stephen Undershaft : Alex Watts
Sarah Undershaft : Helen Corbett
Charles Lomax : Adam Hampton-Matthews
Rummy Mitchens : Annemarie Fearnley
Snobby Price : Harrison Obioha
Bill Walker : Callum McBain
Jenny Hill : Pam Gordon
Mrs Baines : Judith Barbeler
Peter Shirley : Richard Kirby
Bilton : Matt Matravers or Andy Marchant
Morrison : Peter Westbury or Alison Liney

Production Team
Director : Jacqui Marchant-Adams
Set Design : Michael Bettell
Costume Design : Lily Ann Coleman
Lighting Design : Robert Irvine
Sound Design : Jacqui Marchant-Adams
Fight Director : Lindsay Royan


Stage Manager : Alison Liney
ASMs : Anuśka Zaremba-Pike, Stephen Brasher
Lighting Operator : Nigel Oram or Mattia Bocchi
Sound Operator : Nicky Chorley
Set Construction and Get-in : Michael Bettell, Phillip Ley, Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk and members of the cast & crew
Wardrobe Assistance : Sheila Burbidge, Lynda Twidale, Gulsah Akbas, South London Theatre and members of the cast
Dressing & Hairstyling : Lily Ann Coleman
Publicity Co-ordinator : Jamie Gavin



Ella Imms comes to you from Brisbane, Australia, where she studied writing before uprooting in pursuit of London and all its big-city charms. She has performed on stage and camera during her time here, and was most recently seen in the Tower's production of Sons of Paradise.

Starting out in comedy and improvisation, Alexander Buckley joined the Tower Theatre twice, initially in 2006 and then again in 2011. Roles with the company have included Edward in The Voysey Inheritance, David in David Copperfield, Lennox in Macbeth, DeeDee in Paradise - A Rock'n'Roll Fable, Victor in Dying For It and Orlando in As You Like It.

Gerry Skeems' recent roles include Jean, manic, mental, ultimately loving mum in Only Bruises, Edinburgh Fringe 2014; mad-ish Lady Markby, An Ideal Husband; passionate, arguably marginally unhinged Italian mamma, Filumena, Filumena; bitchy, bonkers Beline, Hypochondriac, Countess of Groan, Gormenghast, straight-up barking. There's a pattern here, somewhere ...

Major Barbara is Niall Bishop's second appearance for the Tower Theatre Company following his role as Chap 2 in Václav Havel's Largo Desolato in April of last year. Other recent credits include playing the part of an exorcism wielding priest in the world premiere of Brian Abbot's No Fairy Tale (Questors), and performing in the two-hander Stones in His Pockets (Infinite Space) in October. Recent film credits include shorts Rot, Confronted which he co-wrote and Pursued which recently screened at the 'British Shorts' short film festival in Berlin. Niall trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama as well as with the Focus Theatre in Dublin.

Alex Watts is a regular amateur actor, often with South London Theatre where he recently played 'Star' in The Flint Street Nativity. He also performs sketches as one half of the double act Ward and Watts, and is currently assembling his first solo stand up show for the Edinburgh Fringe.

Helen Corbett first appeared with the Tower Theatre in The House of Bernarda Alba and in She Stoops to Conquer back in 2001. After that, she completed an Advanced Performance Diploma at The City Lit. Since returning to the Tower she has appeared in Proof, Her Naked Skin, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Some Girls. She has also performed at Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Jude in Foxfinder.

Adam Hampton-Matthews joined the Tower in 2014. He has recently played George in Sons of Paradise and played numerous roles in the award-winning production of The Producers. Before joining the Tower, he was an active member of various theatre groups in Newcastle; roles there included Lawrence in Calendar Girls and Uncle Max in The Sound of Music.

Annemarie Fearnley's roles at the Tower include Dick in Dick Whittington, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Irina in Three Sisters, Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton, Susan in Company, Violinist in Lark Rise, Witch in Macbeth, Anne Vaux in 5/11, ensemble in David Copperfield, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream and a singer in Telstar. She is a former member of two of the Tower's home-grown bands, 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.

In 2012, Harrison Obioha appeared in The Killing Class and Cinderella Init at The Oxford House Theatre. Last year he was a part of the original City Academy Theatre Company playing Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream and appearing in the original play Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall at Diorama Arts Studios. He is currently studying for a HND in Performing Arts at London College of Contemporary Arts.

Callum MacBain is in London by way of New York having previously escaped Botany Bay. He is a recent graduate of prestigious but obscure New York acting studio and recipient of award for most third person references to self in normal speech and/or autobiography. Callum is grateful to be part of such a wonderful company, and to be helping to bring such a work to life.

After training in dance and musical theatre at Laine Theatre Arts, Pam Gordon has spent the last decade working as an accountant whilst being a mum of two. She finally returned to the stage in Goodnight Mr Tom in 2013, alongside her daughter, Charlie. Pam is thrilled to be performing in Major Barbara, her first play with the Tower Theatre.

Judith Barbeler, has both acted and directed. Shows include The Importance of Being Earnest, The Lark, The Talented Mr Ripley, Rope, 84 Charing Cross Road, Ring Round the Moon and The Tempest. In London she has performed in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for SEDOS, Richard III for KDC, and King Lear and The Art of Coarse Acting for Network Theatre.

A Member of the Tower since 2006, Richard Kirby has appeared as the Grave Digger and Player King in Hamlet, the March Hare and Mock Turtle in Curiouser and Curiouser, Seldom Bucket in Maskerade and ensemble in Goodnight Mr Tom, amongst others. He was also Assistant Director for Macbeth and Fight Director on Jump to Cow Heaven, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Telstar.

Jacqui Marchant-Adams has directed Measure for Measure and three sections of a portmanteau production of Dickens' Ghost Story adaptations for KDC Theatre, Man of Destiny (also by Shaw), Gross Indecency : The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Autobahn for SEDOS. She has also assistant directed Don Juan in Soho for the Tower, and Hapgood for SEDOS.


Matt Matravers


Andy Marchant


Peter Westbury


Alison Liney