Pygmalion  
Pygmalion

by Bernard Shaw

Directed by Emilia Teglia

Wednesday 12th - Saturday 15th June and Tuesday 18th - Saturday 22nd June, 2019

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Steve Gregson

Cast List

Eliza Doolittle : Celia Learmonth
Professor Higgins : Dickon Farmar
Colonel G. Pickering : Simon Taylor
Alfred P. Doolittle, taxi man, constable, bystander : Kevin Furness
Mrs Higgins, bystander, footman : Rosanna Preston
Freddy Eynsford Hill, Professor Nepommuck : Christopher O'Dea
Mrs Eynsford Hill, Hostess at ball : Heather Dalton
Clara Eynsford Hill, taxi man : Joanna Coulton
Mrs Pearce, Bystander : Sarah Wenban
Sarcastic Bystander, Manservant, Constable, Host at Ball : Peter Novis
Footman at Ball : Kejenne Beard

 

Production Team

Director : Emilia Teglia
Set Design : Max Batty
Costume Design : Irena Pancer
Lighting Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Composer : Vera Bremerton

Stage Manager : Kejenne Beard
Assistant Director : Mally Sworczuk
Assistant Stage Managers : Michelle Roebuck, Jonathan Li
Lighting Operators : Florence Taee, María José
Sound Operator : Danya Bradley-Barnes
Costume Assistant : Daniela Fleckenstein
Get-In and Rigging : Max Batty, Jude Chalk, Keith Syrett, John McSpadyen and members of the cast & crew



This is Celia Learmonth's first production with the Tower and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make her debut with the company, taking on the role of Eliza Doolittle. Alongside rehearsals, Celia is currently studying part-time with ICAT school of acting and has appeared in some TV pilots coming out which she hopes will be commissioned into full length series later in the year. She played Layla in The Modern Way and Diane in These Four Sides. Other work includes Lady Anne in Richard III, Anne Hathaway in a new play Will and Anne and she is also devising and developing new work with The New Renaissance Collective as well as experimenting writing her own plays and short films.
 
This is Dickon Farmar's fifth Tower show; previous appearances include Scullery in Road and Royce in The Night Heron. His most recent roles were as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall at both The Bridewell in London and the Minack Theatre in Cornwall last summer and Gideon in Table here at the Tower's new home. Other theatre roles include Bob Caleo in Holding The Man at The Brockley Jack, Ken Harrison in Whose Life is it Anyway?, Krogstad in A Doll's House and Alan in the London premiere of Serial Killers. Film : Collared and The Wind Cries. He has also appeared in the band Autoheart's music video for My Hallelujah.
Simon Taylor is an experienced theatre actor/director, who also works in film - including Dr Faustus, with Burton and Taylor, Doctor in Restoration and recently Hamlet (Polonius), Souvenir, Horseplay and Reformation (USA TV). Earlier, in Oxford theatres, favourite parts included Costard (Love's Labours Lost), Andri (Andorra), and the title roles in Tom Jones, Hamlet and King Lear. He enjoyed narrating stories for BBC Radio Oxford and for Ken Jackson's Sounds Natural, including Ratty in The Wind in the Willows. Since 1993, he has directed and acted in his company, Winchester Players, at the Minack. Most recent stage roles (Questors) : Furtwangler (Taking Sides), Krapp (Krapp's Last Tape), Mr Stevens (King Charles III). Now Simon is delighted to be back - in this stimulating, happy company - for his fourth Tower production, having previously played the creepy Daker in Accolade and two volatile Shakespearean fathers, Capulet and Leonato.
 
This is Kevin Furness's third production with the Tower Theatre, having appeared in 1984 and To Kill A Mockingbird. He is originally from Dublin and has had a passion for acting since he was a child. As a teenager he appeared in productions with Tallaght Theatre Group. He also attended courses with Dublin Gaiety School of Acting and has completed several acting courses with City Acting.
This is Rosanna Preston's second acting role at the Tower after she had the pleasure of playing the King of France and other roles in the Tower's production of Henry V which opened the new theatre last year. She was also Assistant Director on the recent production of The Thrill of Love. Rosanna has been making up for lost time after an extended break from theatre and in the last year she has played Polina in The Seagull, Trowle in the Chester Mystery Plays, Wife in Let us Make the Flames of the Revolution Rage Furiously, Atossa in The Persians and Zelda in An Afternoon in Zelda's Silence.
 
Christopher O'Dea has been performing in local London theatre since 2013. Freddy Eynsford Hill is his first lead role but not his first foray, having previously played many minor roles including Osric alongside a Sapphic teenaged girl incarnation of Hamlet, betrayed journalist Larry Punt in Pravda, and the Doctor and one of the Chorus of Firefighters in The Arsonists. He thinks Pygmalion is a timely, richly political work, and he is beginning to suspect that all art is political.
Having been a Friend of the Tower Theatre for absolutely yonks Heather Dalton joined as an acting member three years ago. This is her third production, following her appearances as Isabella Bird, Joyce and Mrs Kidd in Top Girls in 2017 and Lady Croom in Arcadia last year. With other drama societies her roles have included Ruth in Blithe Spirit, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Joan in Time and Time Again, Edna Selby in Harlequinade, the Princess Royal in Crown Matrimonial and the eponymous Major Barbara. Heather has also played various roles in Measure for Measure, That Scoundrel Scapin, Oepidus Rex and Oh! What a Lovely War. Being a big fan of puffins Heather is looking forward to taking Pygmalion to the Faroe Islands.
 
Joanna Coulton is thrilled to be performing in her third show at the Tower Theatre following her recent appearances in Gainsborough's Girls and Kafka's Dick. Prior to these she performed with the Network Theatre Company in a number of productions including The Collaborators and Her Naked Skin and made her London debut in Namashkar's production of The Infinite Line between Dating and Dying. Other acting credits include The Trial, Much Ado About Nothing and Little Women. She has produced several plays including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Shakers.
Pygmalion will be Sarah Wenban's third outing with the Tower Theatre, after having roles in The Seagull and The Winter's Tale. She has previously performed in shows at the Network Theatre and elsewhere, including Ringmaster (based on La Ronde), Say Something Happened, Watertight, Playhouse Creatures, Circle Line, Her Naked Skin, 5/11 and Julius Caesar. Sarah trained at the Brockley Rise Centre and The City Lit.
 
Peter Novis has been with the Tower since 1988. Favourite roles include Herman Glogauer in Once in a Lifetime; the Dada in Entertaining Mr Sloane; several parts in the annual Tower Shakespeare productions in Paris; an Ugly Sister in Cinderella; and Mr Dick in David Copperfield. He was most recently seen as De Lacey in Frankenstein and the father in Kafka's Dick. He has also directed for the Tower in London, Paris and Cornwall.
Emilia Teglia first came across the Tower Theatre in the cold winter of 1999 when she attended her first ever British Pantomime, Aladdin. She has been a keen audience member for nearly 15 years before finding the courage to jump on the creative wagon as Assistant Stage Manager for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in 2014. Things moved swiftly and in September 2015 she was Assistant Director on The Priory, and the following year she directed Cooking With Elvis. Emilia is Artistic Director at Odd Eyes Theatre as well as freelance playwright and lecturer in Dramaturgy and Political Theatre.