Mother's Day  
Mother's Day

by David Storey

Directed by Richard Pedersen

Tuesday 2nd -
Saturday 6th February, 2016

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

Photography by David Sprecher

Cast
Judy : Imogen de Ste Croix
Edna : Ellie Ward
Lily : Marie Lonergan
Mrs Johnson : Ruby Karatziola
Gordon : Richard Brent
Mr Johnson : Martin Shaw
Patrick Farrer : Jonathon Cooper
Harold : Charlie Bailey
Peters : Nick Edwards
Mr Waterton : James McKendrick
Mrs Waterton : Samantha Wright
Production Team
Director : Richard Pedersen
Set Design : Michael Bettell & Richard Pedersen
Costume Design : Robynne Batley & Samantha Wright
assisted by Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Adam Taylor
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie
Fight Arranger : Lindsay Royan

Stage Manager : Stephen Brasher
Assistant Director : Robynne Batley
ASMs : Richard Davies, Moira McSperrin
Lighting Operator : Nigel Oram
Sound Operator : Chris Holmes
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Max Batty, Jude Chalk, Laurence Tuerk, Phillip Ley, Stephen Ley


Imogen de Ste Croix Imogen is delighted to be making her Tower debut with this production. She has previously performed at the National Theatre and has aspirations of going to drama school where her ultimate aim is to work in Shakespeare at either the Globe or the RSC.
 
Ellie Ward trained at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts and continues her training this year at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She played various roles at drama school including Desdemona in Othello and Laura in Boys and she has also starred in numerous productions in the north including Educating Rita and Uncle Vanya. She also writes and tours her own work. She is delighted to be making her debut with the Tower Theatre Company in Mother's Day.
Before moving to London, Marie Lonergan played various roles with her local drama group in Ireland, her most memorable being Rosie in Dancing at Lughnasa. In London, she has trained with City Lit; Mother's Day is her first show acting with the Tower and she's very much enjoying it. She joined the Company last year and worked on Chancers as an ASM.
 
Ruby Karatziola graduated from The Academy of Creative Training in 2011, with a distinction in the ACTL Acting Diploma. She then worked professionally, acting in commercial pieces for Vodafone, Wrigley's and American Express, as well as a variety of short films and local theatre. In 2012 she appeared in the feature film, St George's Day. Mother's Day is her first production with the Tower Theatre Company.
Richard Brent is pleased to be rounding off a trio of thoroughly unsavoury types for the Tower - following Ernest Beevers in Time and the Conways and Player/Hamlet in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. He also played somewhat nicer guy Ralph in The Accrington Pals. Fairly recent roles elsewhere include Victor in Private Lives, Karl/Steve in Clybourne Park and Charlie in How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found (all for Putney Arts Theatre).
 
This is Martin Shaw's sixth show with the Tower Theatre. He played Mr Barkis in the 2012 production of David Copperfield in London and at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and Touchstone in As You Like It - both of which toured to Paris. In 2014 he was seen as Bernard in Seasons Greetings and his most recent appearance was in June last year as Michael in Someone who'll Watch Over Me. He studied Drama at Liverpool University and previous shows include Hamlet, Our Country's Good, The Crucible and recently The Apple Cart for KDC Theatre.
Jonathon Cooper is making his Tower début in Mother's Day. Having only recently moved to London from the hills and fields of North Yorkshire (aka 'God's preferred holiday destination'), he is now hoping to delve deeper into the world of theatre. Besides cow tipping and wearing flat caps Jonathon spent his youth featuring in various local stage productions including Blood Brothers and Bouncers, occasionally appearing in the ensemble at York's Theatre Royal and as an extra in television shows. He also had a minor role in the SEDOS production of Man of La Mancha last year.
 
This is James McKendrick's third Tower production; he played the tragic postman Yegor in Dying For It and Professor Leopold Nettles in Largo Desolato. Other acting credits include Dinner (Mike), Glengarry Glen Ross (Shelley Levene), Separate Tables (John Malcolm), The Real Inspector Hound (Birdboot), Antigone (Creon) and 45 Minutes To Go (Jerry), for which he received best actor award at the Waltham Forest Festival. He has directed Jim Cartwright's Road, Two and Bed, the latter receiving best play and best director awards at the 2013 Waltham Forest Festival. He has also performed at the Edinburgh, Brighton and Prague Fringe Festivals and in productions that transferred to the Orange Tree Theatre and Riverside Studios.

This is Nick Edwards' fourth play with Tower following appearances in The Vortex, The Deep Blue Sea and Time and the Conways, though he has appeared in numerous productions in London with other companies. This follows his first foray into directing in October with Breathing Corpses at the Baron's Court Theatre (KDC). Nick is excited to start 2016 back on stage and this role definitely includes a big first for him ... (No spoilers!)
 
Charlie Bailey trained at "W1 Workshops". This is his second appearance with the Tower Theatre Company - he played Reggie in Sons of Paradise in 2014.
Samantha Wright recently joined the Tower company and this is her first production. She did acting training at City Lit. Last summer she performed in You Me Bum Bum Train in Soho. She also directs.

 
Richard Pedersen has been an acting member of the Tower since 1989 although this play will mark his directorial debut with the Company. Prior to joining the Tower, Richard directed a number of productions for other companies including Piaf, The Anniversary, The Farndale Avenue..Macbeth, and Hitting Town. As an actor at the Tower, Richard has appeared in many productions, most recently as Harry Lancaster in Marching Song and Oswald in King Lear. He has also stage managed a number of productions, most recently Foxfinder.