Time and the Conways

Time and the Conways

by J.B. Priestley

Directed by Jessica Hammett

Tuesday 7th -
Saturday 11th July, 2015

The Tower Theatre performing
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate





Photography by David Sprecher


Cast
Mrs Conway : Gerry Skeens
Alan Conway : Dan Usztan
Madge Conway : Helen Corbett
Hazel Conway : Amy Harrison
Robin Conway : Nick Edwards
Kay Conway : Helen McGill
Carol Conway : Portia van de Braam
Joan Helford : Sarah Hudson
Ernest Beevers : Richard Brent
Gerald Thornton : Sebastian Chrispin

Production Team
Director : Jessica Hammett
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
assisted by Robyn Buss & Robyn Constable

Lighting Design : Robin Snowdon
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan


Stage Manager : Wayne Gilbart
ASM : Sandy McInnes
Lighting Operator : Robyn Constable
Sound Operator : Ruth Sullivan or Laurence Tuerk
Set Construction and Get-In : Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Rosie Shipman, Phillip Ley and John McSpadyen
Publicity Co-ordinator : Jenny Ross



Gerry Skeens' recent roles include domineering, militant, opinionated Lady Undershaft in Major Barbara, 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 ...

This is Dan Usztan's sixth show with the Tower Theatre, after playing Donald/Humphrey Carpenter in The Habit of Art, Bobby in Coyote on a Fence, Gerry in Dancing at Lughnasa and Dennis in Loot, as well as directing After the Dance last year. He will also be a contestant on 15-to-1 and Mastermind later this year. Dan is Assistant Artistic Director of the Tower Theatre and he will return to Upstairs at the Gatehouse to direct One Man, Two Guvnors in October.

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, Some Girls and Major Barbara. She has also performed at Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Jude in Foxfinder.

Amy Harrison trained at RADA and has been a member of the Tower for just over a year and a half. This is her third production with the company, and previously she appeared in After The Dance and The Accrington Pals. Before joining the Tower her credits include : Ophelia in Hamlet (MDCC Theatre Company), Miranda in The Tempest (MDCC Theatre Company), Abigail Williams in The Crucible (The Crescent Theatre), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (The Crescent Theatre), Freya in Earthquakes in London (RADA), Cassius in Julius Caesar (RADA) and Sophia in When They Bloom (RADA).

Nick Edwards has acted with a number of different companies in London over the last six years, most notably KDC and Sedos. This is his third period drama with Tower Theatre following on from playing Tom in The Vortex and Philip in The Deep Blue Sea. When he is not acting, Nick teaches maths in a comprehensive in Wembley.

Time and the Conways is Helen McGill's fourth show with Tower, having performed in Marching Song, Chalet Lines and Dumb Show last year. Still a relative newcomer to London, Helen is originally from Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Yelena in Uncle Vanya and Lady Chiltern in An Ideal Husband. She is looking forward to taking on the role of Kay Conway and has loved working with such a fantastic ensemble cast.

Portia van de Braam originally trained as a ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School, before attending the Arts Educational School in Tring where she studied drama and music as well as dance. Since graduating she has worked primarily as a dancer both in the UK and internationally. More recently she worked as an assistant to director Hugh Wooldridge whilst completing her English literature degree at the University of London, and she will begin her formal acting training at The Drama Centre this September. This is Portia's debut performance with the Tower and she has thoroughly enjoyed working with Jess, the cast and the crew.

This is Sarah Hudson's first production with the Tower Theatre. Her roles with other companies include Elizabeth in Six Degrees of Separation, Pearl in These Shining Lives, Polly in The Threepenny Opera, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and, most recently, Lydia in All My Sons.

This is Richard Brent's third Tower production. Last year he played Ralph in The Accrington Pals at the Bridewell and a Player (who just so happened to be lucky enough to play Hamlet ...) in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Earlier this year he played Victor in Private Lives at Putney Arts Theatre - and other recent credits at that fine establishment include Charlie in How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Karl and Steve in Clybourne Park, Don John in Much Ado about Nothing, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream - and Snoopy in the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown.

Sebastian Chrispin joined the Tower in 2013 and has performed in Telstar, Sons of Paradise and Sailor Beware! Before joining the Tower, he was an active member of the Brussels Shakespeare Society, where he took lead roles in Richard II and All's Well That Ends Well. He has twice toured the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.