The final play in a season on the theme of PROTEST! performed at the Bridewell Theatre



Her Naked Skin

by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Directed by Lesley Strachan

Tuesday 6th - Saturday 10th December, 2011

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street



Lady Celia Cain

Eve Douglas

Dr Vale

Florence Boorman

Mrs Schliefke


Photography by David Sprecher


Cast

 

Celia Cain

Simona Hughes

William Cain

Colin Guthrie

Eve Douglas

Carla Evans

Florence Boorman

Sheila Burbidge

Mrs Schliefke

Celia Reynolds

Emily Wilding Davison

Helen Corbett

Herbert Asquith

Alistair Maydon

Miss Brint

Megan Housley

John Seely

Chris Yates

Augustine Birrel

Peter Novis

Edward Grey

Yasir Senna

Kier Hardie

John Irvine

Potter

John Irvine

Mrs Briggs

Pam O'Brien

Young suffragette

Megan Housley

Dr Vale

Nicholas Cannon

Dr Parker

Iain Handyside

Nurse

Helen Corbett

Wardress

Sarah Sharp

Guard

Adrian Calvo-Valderrama

Charlie Power

James Wickham

Hunt

Adrian Calvo-Valderrama

Brown

Iain Handyside

Dr Klein

John Morton

Lord Curzon

Alistair Maydon

Robert Cecil

John Morton

Mrs Major

Kate Fearnley

Mary Nicholson

Jean Collins

Clara Franks

Sophie Bide

Felicity

Helen Corbett

Waitress

Megan Housley

Newspaper Vendor

James Wickham

Mrs Collins

Jean Collins

Production Team
Director : Lesley Strachan
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : David Taylor
Lighting Design : Nathan Gummow
Sound Design : Ruth Sullivan

Stage Manager : Rob Irvine
Deputy Stage Manager : Francis Lawn
ASMs : Sara George, Adam Taylor
Lighting Operator : Rosey Tyler
Sound Operator : Laurence Tuerk
Costume Co-ordinator : Linda Twydale
Wardrobe : Jill Batty, Pauline Bennett, Sheila Burbidge, Denyse Macpherson, Eve Smith
Hats : Jean Carr
Set Design & Construction : Jude Chalk, Michael Bettell, Keith Syrett & members of the cast and crew
Voice Coach : Julia Collier
Movement : Lindsay Royan


Simona Hughes joined the Tower in 2002, during its last year in its former Canonbury home, and has since appeared in 10 productions, in which more recently she played Elida in The Lady from the Sea, Portia in Julius Caesar and Paige in Dinner. She is also on the company committee. In Her Naked Skin she is thrilled/honoured/daunted to be playing Lady Celia Cain, a "posh floozy", who is trying to escape the shackles of her dull life and marriage by immersing herself in the suffragette movement and in her love of another woman ...

In 26 years as a Tower member Colin Guthrie has musical directed, directed and acted in many shows. Recent musicals have included The Boy Friend, Lark Rise, The Fabulous Eddie and Otis Soul Revue and Curiouser and Curiouser for which he also composed the music. Acting roles have included Mozart in Amadeus, Jim in Mr Cinders, and, most recently, Ian in Shining City. He has directed many shows including the last play to be produced at the Tower's old home in Canonbury, Strangers on a Train. By day, Colin is a sound engineer for BBC Radio Drama.

Carla Evans was first bitten by the acting bug at the age of 6 when she played the Good Witch of the South in The Wizard of Oz. Since then she has moved on to play a Victorian lady of the night in The Jack The Ripper Experience at the London Dungeon and performed in numerous productions with theatre groups in Kent and South London, including the roles of Mabel in An Ideal Husband, Abigail in The Crucible and Anya in The Cherry Orchard. Her Naked Skin is Carla's second Tower production, following playing a Witch in this year's production of Macbeth.

Sheila Burbidge joined the Tower in 1970 and apart from acting and directing has done most jobs - backstage, operating lights and sound, box office and Company Chairman. She is currently mostly to be found on the Board of the Guarantors or lurking in wardrobe.

Celia Reynolds started acting at the age of 7, playing the Knave of Hearts, with a cardboard tart she made herself. She joined the Tower in 1970 and has appeared in 61 productions, playing parts as diverse as Mother Bear in Goldilocks to Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition she has directed 19 shows, worked backstage, operated sound and helped to design costumes. On the rare occasions when she has some free time she enjoys painting and line-dancing - but her favourite occupation is being retired.

Helen Corbett made her first appearances with the Tower Theatre Company in The House of Bernarda Alba and She Stoops to Conquer back in 2001. Since then she has completed her training on the Advanced Performance Diploma at the City Lit and performed with the City Lit Rep Company in The House of Bernarda Alba, The Coming of the King, Macbeth, Animal Farm and Roberto Zucco. She most recently appeared as Catherine in Tower Theatre's production of Proof.

This is Megan Housley's second Tower production, following this summer's wonderful romp through The Boy Friend. Roles to date include Pepicek in Brundibar (Chetham's/Imperial War Museum North); Anticleia/Klytie in The Penelopiad (KDC); Wendy in Peter Pan and Mother in Living with Lady Macbeth (Fletcher Players). Having trained as a singer alongside her degree, Megan now makes a living in sacred music and editorial, including writing marriage services for The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster, where Emily Davison hid on the night of the 1911 census in order to claim the same political rights as men!

Pam O'Brien has been a Tower member since 2006. Previous productions have included Lock Up Your Daughters, Paradise: A Rock and Roll Fable, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Jekyll and Hyde, Julius Caesar and Dinner, as well as assistant stage manager on Tower's 2007 production of Taking Steps. She has also taken part in numerous musicals with other non-professional companies over the years. She sings in the local choir and has a love of anything French.

Christopher Yates has appeared in Tower Theatre productions at intervals since 1974. So far, he would like to be remembered, if at all, for his Mazzini Dunn (Heartbreak House) and the Rev. Eli Jenkins (Under Milk Wood). Auditioning for parts has become a major hobby of his retirement from paid work. He played most recently Somerset and the Pageant Master in 5/11, Elderly Man in Terrorism and gendarme/waiter in The Boy Friend. He has shaved off his beard to suit the role.

Peter Novis worked for 30 years in BBC Radio Drama and has been with the Tower since 1988 acting and directing. 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, and an Ugly Sister in Cinderella.

Nicholas Cannon has been a Tower member since 2002 with roles in Present Laughter, Something's Afoot, Plaza Suite and An Experiment with an Air Pump - with the odd sojourn into stage management along the way. His first appearance was as young Geoff in A Taste of Honey. Since then he has aged considerably - his last role was as Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion! He is delighted to be taking the part of Dr Vale in Her Naked Skin as he is in his 30s ... so Nick is getting younger!

A relative latecomer to all things Thespian, John Irvine has played Jim in Breathing Corpses, DS Ross in Breaking The Code (both with South London Theatre), Sir Charles Gill in Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (SEDOS), and has taken part in rehearsed readings of new works by Mark Normandy, Greg Lofton and Paul McNeilly with the Bubble & Squeak Collective. He played two roles (The Preacher and The Spin Doctor) in You Me Bum Bum Train (the Barbican's fastest selling show in 2010). Her Naked Skin is John's fifth production in twelve months for the Tower, after The Trial, Macbeth, Princess Ivona and 5/11. John has also appeared in short films involving brain-hungry zombies (Houseparty of the Dead 6), bored office monkeys (Short Story), and kosher werewolves (The Ritual). He also wrote a series of audio webisodes (Breaking News) as part of the promotional material for Macbeth.

Alistair Maydon is one time Drama teacher who has been acting since Youth Theatre in the 1960s; he has been a Tower Theatre member for five years. Parts include Hilary in The Old Country, Robert in Proof and, most recently, Pawnie in The Vortex. His other work includes Theatre In Education, touring theatre and a number of fringe productions.

Yasir Senna's three great passions in life are sport, music and films. He is a chartered surveyor but his first professional foray into the entertainment industry was a writer. He has written three feature films, four shorts, two trial episodes for the now defunct Family Affairs and is currently writing a stage play which he hopes to release next year. This is only his second play to date - his first role was Tom in KDC's Cabride at the Barons Court Theatre last Spring. Spurred on by the success of that, he auditioned for Tower and now find himself cast as Edward Grey in Her Naked Skin. He is enjoying every minute of the production and promises to put on a great show for you!

This is Iain Handyside's third production with the Tower Theatre having joined the company in November last year. He trained at the Actors Centre in Central London having previously studied Modern History at the University of St Andrews. Past roles include Ko-Ko in The Mikado, Nazi Youth in Cabaret, Young Siward in Macbeth and a Chorister in 5/11. Iain works as an Assistant Artist Manager for a music agency and is enjoying seeing how it works from the artists' point-of-view.

Sarah Sharp is a brand new initiate to the Tower and this is her first production. She is thrilled to be treading the boards again and has finally fulfilled her lifelong dream - to restrain someone being force-fed with two feet of rubber tubing. She would like to thank all cast and crew for making it such a fabulous first production to be involved in, and hopes to be coming again to a stage near you. Preferably on it. (Rubber tubing optional).

This is Adrian Calvo-Valderrama's first production with the Tower Theatre Company, having just become a new member. He has been acting with amateur and semi-professional companies since he was 10 in productions such as Twelve Angry Men and The Suicide. He has trained at the Cours Simon in Paris.

James Wickham has been with the company for only a short while, joining in February this year. He recently appeared in Terrorism, his first production since school, where he cut his teeth on roles such as Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest and Osborne in Journey's End. His unshakeable passion for acting has brought him back to the stage again, where he intends to stay!

John Morton has been a Tower member for 12 years. His first role was Crestwell in Relative Values by Noël Coward. In the past he has played a variety of Shakespearean roles including Polonius in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter's Tale and Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra. Other parts include Pastor Manders in Ghosts, Captain Cat in Under Milk Wood and Baron Hardup in Cinderella. He has also directed Romeo and Juliet, Heartbreak House and Twelfth Night for the Tower. He is a member of the Tower Theatre Publicity Team and loves get-ins and Burnley FC.

Kate Fearnley joined theTower Theatre Company in 1989, playing the piano in An Italian Straw Hat on the Isle of Wight. Stepping Out followed, and since then Kate has acted in about two dozen plays from Anon. (The Mysteries) to Ayckbourn, by way of Ibsen, Shaw and Rattigan. As a singer her favourite parts were the Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas and Mrs. Noye in Noye's Fludde.

Jean Collins joined the Tower Theatre in June and this is her first acting role with the company. In fact it is one of her first acting roles full stop. With a keen interest in drama Jean completed a short Introduction to Acting course at Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008 but has until now not managed to find the time to pursue it as a hobby. Having firmly established her taste for acting with the Tower she hopes to have the opportunity to appear in many more productions in the near future.

Sophie Bide has been a member of the Tower for two years, and this is her second acting role with the company. She played Maggie the conniving (but ultimately thwarted!) Tory-girl journalist in Whipping It Up in 2010 and was ASM for Proof in the same year. She studied International Theatre (a posh way of saying Drama and French) at Royal Holloway. She works in international development and last year lived in West Africa which was a test of whether Tower Theatre warm ups work with large groups of small over-excited Francophone children. Fortunately they do.