Trainspotting  
Trainspotting

by Irvine Welsh

Directed by James McKendrick

Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd and Tuesday 26th - Saturday 30th March, 2019

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

Photography by Robert Piwko

Cast List

Mark Renton : Paul Graves
Tommy/Sick Boy : Ben Kynaston
Franco Begbie : Ryan Williams
Alison : Rebecca Allan
Johnny Swann : Alexander Gordon Wood
Diane : Ailsa Dann

 

Production Team

Director : James McKendrick
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Rob Hebblethwaite
Costume Design : Rachel Mary Bothamley, Eva Leigh
Set Consultants : Jude Chalk, Max Batty

Stage Manager : Laura Corkell
Assistant Director : Juliet Heap
Lighting Operator : Anna Kovacs
Sound Operator : Juliet Heap or Caelan Oram
ASMs : Sebastian Jux, Jonathan Brandt
Make up : Kiloh Falby Clark
Stage Combat and Movement : Richard Kirby, Lindsay Royan



This is Paul Graves's second production with the Tower Theatre following on from his performance as Winston in 1984. With Putney Theatre Company he has played Sebastian in The Tempest (2018) and Touchstone in As You Like It (2017) and was a set designer on SEDOS's immersive production Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On which won the 2017 NODA prize for innovation. He has also appeared on stage with improvised comedy troupes Yesterday's Comedy Made Awesome and Impropotamus. Between working on productions he has taken acting courses with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the RSC and Punchdrunk.
 
Ben Kynaston joined the Tower Theatre Company in 2017 and this will be his third production. He played Clown in The Winter's Tale in London and Paris last summer and Cootsy and Clive Andrews in King Charles III earlier this year. Having been a performer his whole life (without much of an audience) he is enjoying riding on the coattails of others more talented.

Ryan Williams has performed with regional theatres across the UK for over a decade now alongside furthering his studies in Vakhtangov and Method techniques. Before arriving in London, he acted with theatre companies in Glasgow, Edinburgh and even in the U.S. playing roles such as Brick Pollitt in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Paul Bratter in Barefoot in The Park. This is Ryan's first show with the Tower - as a performer. Having previously assisted with stage management on our recent production of Table, Ryan now steps into the spotlight once again to take on one of his most ruthless roles yet.
 
This is Rebecca Allan's second show with the Tower Theatre Company, after her debut in Table in December. She graduated from Drama school last year, but has temporarily stepped away from professional acting to focus on other projects, and is now itchy to get back on stage. Even though she has only been a company member for a short while, she already loves it and won't be disappearing any time soon. Watch this space!
For the Tower Alexander Gordon Wood has appeared in The Slab Boys, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, The Playboy of the Western World, The Kitchen, The Seagull and The Dresser. Elswhere he has performed professionally in over 30 productions, notably every year since 2009 in the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. For the cinema he has appeared in three Harry Potter films (Dumbledore Double; Wizard; Deatheater) as well as parts in Jack the Ripper - Definitive Story, Hereafter, Sherlock, Gladiatress and 24 Hours in London. TV credits include Yonderland, BBC Timewatch, Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow, The Bill, Hornblower, Fortysomething, Garth Marenghi, Holby City, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Argumental.
 
Trainspotting is Ailsa Dann's second production with the Tower Theatre Company, having appeared in Henry V last year. Ailsa has trained with City Academy and undertaken classes and workshops with RADA and the Almeida Theatre. She has a degree in English Literature and, when not acting, she works as an editor in academic publishing. As a member of City Academy's Actors Company, she recently appeared in Buckets at the Courtyard Theatre.
James McKendrick has been a Tower Theatre Company Member since 2013 and has acted in six productions, the most recent as Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Tower, he directed Kafka's Dick last year. Elsewhere, he has directed a trio of Jim Cartwright plays (Road, Two and Bed), the critically acclaimed Work Makes You Free, which garnered several five and four star reviews and was lauded as a "highlight of the Vault Festival 2018" (Fringe Guru), and Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off.