The Deep Blue Sea

by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Lesley Strachan

Tuesday 26th -
Saturday 30th March, 2013

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre

Photography by David Sprecher

Hester : Jane Dodd
Freddie : Andy Murton
Miller : Nick Cannon
Collyer : Martin South
Philip : Nick Edwards
Ann : Emily Carmichael
Jackie Jackson : Howard Gossington
Mrs. Elton : Harriet Watson

Production Team
Director : Lesley Strachan
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Lighting Design : Rob Irvine
Sound Design : Peta Barker
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge & Jill Batty

Stage Manager : Jill Ruane
DSM : Ruth Anthony
Lighting Operator : Alex Dobson
Sound Operator : Sara George
Assistant Director : Ian Hoare
Hair & Makeup : Nikola Wells
Set Construction : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Phillip Ley, Wendy Parry, Victor Craven, John McSpadyen and members of the cast & crew
Publicity Manager : Charlotte Wright

Jane Dodd's theatre credits include leads in Jake's Women (Bridewell Theatre), In a Box (Riverside Studios), Airswimming (Hen & Chickens Theatre) and Colder than Here (Courtyard Theatre). She won two Off Cut Awards in 2012 for In a Box and an Olivier Award in 2011 for La Boheme at the Soho Theatre. Jane trained at E15 Acting School, The Actors' Temple, London and the Meisner Center, LA.

Andy Murton joined the Tower Theatre towards the end of last year. The Deep Blue Sea is his second production after appearing as Clov in Endgame last November. He also appeared at the Bridewell last summer with SEDOS in The Man of Destiny swapping between the roles of Napoleon and Lieutenant on alternate performances.

Nicholas Cannon started at the Tower some years ago playing Jeff in A Taste of Honey and is now graduating to more mature roles (greyer!) through Colonel Pickering in Pygmalion and Dr Vale in Her Naked Skin. It has been great fun to work with Lesley again and he is hoping that he is starting to carve out a niche for himself playing Doctors!

Martin South has acted and directed for the Tower Theatre Company for thirty years, and has been its Artistic Director. Over the last year, he has directed 2012's Fleet Street comedy Damages, and appeared as the Duke of Exeter in Henry V (for Network Theatre), Daniel Peggotty in David Copperfield, and the Chairman of the Music Hall Royale in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

This is Nick Edwards' second show with the Tower Theatre following another period drama as Tom in The Vortex. Previous roles with other companies have included Mickey in Blood Brothers, Benjamin in The Graduate, Tristram in Taking Steps and most recently Stuart in Private Fears In Public Places. Nick is very excited to be back on stage with such a great cast and crew!

This will be Emily Carmichael's second appearance with the Tower Company, having made her debut in Bloody Poetry. Since then, she has enjoyed a few other firsts : an Arts Richmond theatre award (Best Supporting Actress in Taking Sides at the Richmond Shakespeare Society); performing open-air Shakespeare (Lady Anne in Richard III with the Greek Theatre Players) and performing professionally in the premiere staging of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (adapted and directed by Tom Neill), as Stephen Dedalus.

Howard Gossington's last appearance for the Tower was in Arcadia back in 1999. Other Tower productions from the 1990s include Road, Sweeney Todd, The Cure for Love, Lost in Yonkers, Burn This, The Importance of Being Earnest and Translations.

Harriet Watson was lucky enough to do a lot of acting at school but then there was a long gap before joining the Tower Theatre Company in 1998. Her first part was a wonderful character in Good Fun and since then she has played a wide variety of roles, notably, twice as an ambiguous man/woman! The last time she was in a Terence Rattigan was as Miss Cooper in Separate Tables in 2005 and she is now thoroughly enjoying working with his writing again.