The Tower 80th Anniversary Garden Party

A spendid and enjoyable summer evening

The Eastern Curve Garden in Dalston proved the perfect setting for a Garden Party to celebrate the Tower's 80th Anniversary. Held on July 7th 2012, about 120 Members and Friends mingled, drank Pimms, enjoyed the music, were served tasty food (including pizzas cooked on the spot on a wood-fired oven) and took part in an intriguing quiz.

Like the rest of the summer the weather could hardly have been called glorious, but the rain mostly held off, and there was pleanty of shelter during the occasional showers.

Fancy dress with a "Fairy" theme was encouraged, and many members turned up colourfully attired in a variety of styles! Eve Smith was judged to have the best costume.

The quiz was jointly won by two teams : Julie Arrowsmith and Dinah Irvine, and Nick and Roanne Insley.
(The quiz questions and answers are at the bottom of this page.)

Many thanks to Sarah Ambrose who masterminded the whole event, and to her superb team of helpers, all of whom worked tirelessly thoughout the evening. It was particularly nice to welcome Celine Rogers back behind the bar, and special mention must be made of chef Dom Ward who now never wants to see a pizza again!

Photography by Stuart Denman


 
TOWER 80TH ANNIVERSARY - SUMMER PARTY QUIZ
 

The Questions ....

... and the Answers

1

What was the final production in the very first season of the Tower Theatre Company in 1932?

a) Candida
b) A Midsummer Night's Dream
or
c) The Government Inspector

A Midsummer Night's Dream

2

In which musical are all the numbers written in 3/4 (waltz)-time?

A Little Night Music

3

Which one of the following actors did NOT appear in a Tower production?

a) Kenneth Williams
b) Alfred Molina
c) Tom Courtenay
d) Pete Postlethwaite
e) Michael Gambon
f) Bob Hoskins

Pete Postlethwaite

4

Which two actors alternated the parts of Frankenstein and the Creature in the NT's recent production?

Benedict Cumberbatch
Jonny Lee Miller

5

Whilst on the subject of the NT, when was the idea of establishing a National Theatre in Britain first suggested, was it:

a) 1837
b) 1848
c) 1903
d) 1949
or
e) 1969?

1848

6

What was the first production the Tower Theatre staged after its departure from Canonbury, and where was it put on?

Habeas Corpus
Upstairs at the Gatehouse

7

On the subjects of fairies and summer, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, who played the part of Puck

i) in the Oscar-winning film of 1935
ii) in Peter Hall's film of 1968, starring Michael Jayston and Helen Mirren
and
iii) in the Tower's 2002 abridged production, performed at the Tower of London

i) Mickey Rooney
ii) Ian Holm
iii) Martin Buttery

8

In the last 80 years, which one of the following plays has the Tower produced most:

a) As You Like It
b) Three Sisters
c) Arms and the Man
d) A View from the Bridge
or
e) Pygmalion?

Pygmalion

9

Since we are partying in a garden, the Tower's production of Alan Ayckbourn's play Garden was performed in London and at the Minack in 2007, but

i) in which year did the play receive its World Première
and
ii) what is the title of the other play written to accompany it?

i) 1999
ii) House

10

In which year did the Tower take The Seagull to America?

2002

11

Who is the playwright in this anagram?

DANGER, BORG WAS HERE

George Bernard Shaw

12

Garden District was the name given by Tennessee Williams to a pair of one-act plays he wrote to be first performed together in 1958. The first is called Something Unspoken, but what is the name of its better known companion, last presented by the Tower at the Bridewell Theatre?

Suddenly Last Summer

13

When celebrating a 25th Anniversary, you hope to receive gifts made of silver, or gold if it is a 50th Anniversary. But what is the material for an 80th Anniversary?

Oak

14

Find the work of a playwright who is 80 this year ...

The first is in Richard but not in Dick
The second in stone but not in brick,
The third is in motor but not in car,
The fourth is in distant but not in far,
The fifth is in sugar and also in caster.
Think vegetables and you may get there faster.

Roots

16

Which of the following plays is the odd-one-out and why

a) Abigail's Party (Mike Leigh)
b) The Birthday Party (Harold Pinter)
or
c) The Cocktail Party (T S Elliott)?

Abigail's Party, because the party referred to in the title does not feature on stage

17

How many plants does Ophelia mention all together in the speech beginning

"There's Rosemary, that's for remembrance… "?

7
(Rosemary, Rue, Fennel, Parsley, Columbine, Daisy and Violets)

18

Put the following Coward plays in the order in which they were first produced

A Design for Living
B Fallen Angels
C Blithe Spirit
and
D Private Lives

B (1925)
D (1930)
A (1933)
C (1941)

19

The course of true love doesn't always run smoothly but, as with most musicals, it all ends happily here. Find the title of this Tower production in the anagram

SACK THIS FAT TEN

The Fantasticks

20

How many times has the Tower Theatre presented A Midsummer Night's Dream NOT including this year's production?

9

The quiz was compiled by Celia Reynolds and Jeff Kelly