The Voysey Inheritance

by Harley Granville-Barker

Directed by Colin Guthrie

Tuesday 5th -
Saturday 9th March, 2013

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre



Photography by David Sprecher


Cast
Mr. Voysey : John Morton
Mrs. Voysey : Jill Batty
Honor Voysey : Alison Foulds
Trenchard Voysey : Jonathan Norris
Major Booth Voysey : Simon Boughey
Emily Voysey : Georgie Bradley
Edward Voysey : Alex Buckley
Alice Maitland : Sarah Sharp
Hugh Voysey : Dean Brown
Beatrice Voysey : Philippa Tatham
Ethel Voysey : Courtney Farrow
Denis Tregoning : Adrian Calvo-Valderrama
George Booth : Robert Reeve
Peacey : Chris Holmes
Phoebe : Kate Fearnley

Production Team
Director : Colin Guthrie
Set Design : Phillip Ley
Costume Design : David Taylor & Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Laurence Tuerk
Sound Design : Victor Craven

Stage Manager : Michael Bettell
ASMs : Anne Connell, Tom Tillery, Sue Brodie
Lighting Operator : Jacqui Dickson
Sound Operator : Victor Craven
Set Creation : Phillip Ley, Keith Syrett, Roger Beaumont, Jude Chalk
Set Construction and Rigging : Phillip Ley, Roger Beaumont, Michael Bettell, Chris Drohan, Nick Insley, Isaac Insley and members of the cast and crew


John Morton has been a Tower member for 13 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 has been a member of the Tower Theatre Publicity Team and loves get-ins and Burnley FC.

Jill Batty has lived in Islington since 1972 when she joined the Tower Theatre; her first part was Clara Eynsford-Hill in Pygmalion. Since then she has played a huge variety of roles ranging from Portia and Rosalind, through Lady Bracknell and Madam Arkadina to Annie in Misery and Meg in The Birthday Party. She was most recently seen as Annie in Calendar Girls. A qualified massage practitioner, she now only works occasionally to keep her hand in.

Alison Foulds is delighted to back on the Tower stage after a gap of a number of years. Her first appearance was in Aristocrats in 1992, followed by The Real Thing (also directed by Colin Guthrie), Betrayal, Vita and Virginia and Noises Off. She directed Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune in 1996.

Over his 18 Tower Company years, Jonathan Norris has somehow got tangled up in about 50 productions, whether acting (Hubbard in Dial M For Murder, Doolittle in Pygmalion); music-directing shows such as A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls, or otherwise adding music to things, producing from nowhere a trombone to be played in Curiouser & Curiouser, Lark Rise and David Copperfield. Eschewing traditional advice he performed a Morris dance in Lark Rise and taught others to do so for Ayckbourn's Garden. By day, he and his wife commute in from fashionable Clapton to earn a crust as Administrators of the Company.

Simon Boughey has been a member of the Tower Theatre for three years and first appeared as He in Anthony Minghella's two hander Hang Up, closely followed by Alistair in the political satire Whipping It Up. He was last seen in the title role of the Tower's production of Macbeth in 2011, which played at St. Leonard's church in Shoreditch and the Jardin Shakespeare in Paris. He grew up in Staffordshire and now lives in Islington but spent 13 years in the USA where he began acting. He trained at HB Studio in New York and The Actors Company in London. While in the USA, he toured as the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers and also played Jerry in Betrayal. By day, he works as a financial journalist and analyst. Simon is also a Stoke City season ticket holder.

Georgie Bradley is delighted to be making her debut with the Tower Theatre. Georgie grew up in Bahrain and studied BA English and drama in London and New York. Roles have included Mrs. Wilson in Restoration and Mary in Five Kinds of Silence in Bahrain; Mike in East and Barbara in a devised Cabaret at the Pinter Studio in Mile End, and Mrs. Tilford in a production of The Children's Hour in New York. She is currently working on her MA in Magazine Journalism at City University and is Theatre Editor for The Harker, an online arts magazine. She has also written for Marie Claire, WhatsOnStage and Woman's Own.

Starting out in comedy and improvisation, Alex Buckley has performed in venues from Sydney to London. Joining the Tower twice, initially in 2006 and then again in 2011, roles have included David in David Copperfield, Lennox in Macbeth and DeeDee in Paradise - A Rock'n'Roll Fable. Alex has also recently appeared as Mr Blue in Prime Cuts at The Rose Theatre, Southwark, in Wireless Theatre's radio production of Springheel'd Jack and in the Oundle Fringe Festival.

As part of her studies in London and New York, Sarah Sharp performed an awful lot of Classical Drama, so 1905 seems dashed modern by comparison. This is her third play with the Tower : previous credits include Her Naked Skin and Mummy (as part of the Tower's New Writing programme). She divides her time equally(ish) between acting and writing, and curates the monthly Not Now, Bernard comedy nights in Clerkenwell. Her translation of Sophocles' Antigone, written for Extant Arts Theatre Company, premiered last year in New York - her next project for the company will be a behind-the-scenes take on the Oedipus drama. She has enjoyed playing Alice immensely, and looks forward to future productions with the Tower.

The Voysey Inheritance is Dean Brown's third show for the Tower, having previously appeared in Terrorism and The Slab Boys. Other appearances on stage with various companies include The Seagull, The Bald Soprano and Bear Hug. Eagle eyed viewers may also have seen him loitering in Tim Burton's adaptation of Sweeney Todd and participating in a particularly poor episode of Tonight with Trevor MacDonald. Outside of theatre, Dean works as a writer for a company magazine and website.

Philippa Tatham has appeared in several Tower productions as everything from whores and nuns to dormice and schoolboys. She has been most recently seen as Agnes in David Copperfield at the Bridewell and at the Minack in Cornwall, Claire in The Maids and one of the Weird Sisters in the Tower's Paris tour of Macbeth.

This is Courtney Farrow's second production with Tower Theatre : she appeared recently in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as Candy. She recently appeared in Henry V with Network Theatre as the Duke of Gloucester. In Australia past credits include Dog's Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth as multiple characters, Our Country's Good as multiple characters, Deli Chicks as Sandra and So Much To Tell You as Sophie.

Chris Holmes has been acting with the Tower Theatre Company since the early 80's and has appeared in some 50 productions. Previous roles have included Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Touchstone in As You Like It, Lionel Espy in Racing Demon and the Chorus in Henry V. He has recently returned to directing, his last show being a production of The Real Thing.

Kate Fearnley joined the Tower 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. She has previously kept house for Harold MacMillan (A Letter of Resignation) Torvald Helmer (A Doll's House), and the Dame of Sark, and is temping as Phoebe while waiting for Mrs. Danvers' post to become vacant.

Adrian Calvo-Valderrama recently appeared as the hot-blooded Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, having previously appeared in Her Naked Skin and as Polidori in Bloody Poetry. He has been performing with amateur and semi-professional companies since he was 10 in productions such as Twelve Angry Men and The Suicide. He trained at the Cours Simon in Paris.

Robert Reeve was first let loose upon a stage 42 years ago. Reckless directors subsequently cast him in hundreds of roles including Macbeth, Malvolio, Tybalt, Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Parolles (All's Well That Ends Well), Inspector Truscott (Loot), Hobson (Hobson's Choice), Sir (The Dresser), Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), McCann (The Birthday Party), Joseph Surface (School for Scandal), Philip II (Don Carlos), Jack Worthing (The Importance of Being Ernest), Garcin (Huis Clos), Harry Brewer (Our Country's Good), Captain Oates (Terra Nova), Athos (The Three Musketeers), The Major-General (The Pirates of Penzance), Tony Hancock (Hancock's Last Half-Hour), Charlemagne (Pippin), Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls), Uriah Heep (David Copperfield) and Dr. Diaforous (La Malade Imaginaire).
Happy Tower memories include Toad (The Wind in the Willows), Daddy Warbucks (Annie), Henry II (The Lion in Winter), Dracula and Danforth (The Crucible). He is now believed to be at large.

In 27 years as a Tower member Colin Guthrie has musical directed, composed, directed and acted in many shows. Recent shows he has musical directed include David Copperfield, The Boy Friend, and Lark Rise. Acting roles have included Mozart in Amadeus, Ian in Shining City and, most recently, William Cain in Her Naked Skin. 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 and has directed a number of radio plays, including adapting and directing the first radio production of Peter Nichols' Passion Play.