Bedroom Farce  
Bedroom Farce

by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John Chapman

Tuesday 7th - Saturday 11th February, 2017

The Tower Theatre performing at Theatro Technis, Camden

**** 4-star review from London Theatre 1 ****
***** and 5 stars from West End Wilma! *****

Photography by Robert Piwko


Cast List

Ernest : Jonathan Norris
Delia : Anne Connell
Trevor : Richard Brent
Susannah : Rachel Bothamley
Malcolm : Martin Shaw
Kate : Harriet Snell
Nick : Ryan Lee
Jan : Harriet Hahn


 

Production Team

Director : John Chapman
Set Design : David Taylor
Costume Design : Lynda Twidale
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design : Colin Guthrie

Stage Manager : Michelle Roebuck
ASM : Ruth Sanderson
Lighting Operator : Kaushal Ginige
Sound Operator : Rob Hebblethwaite
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Michael Bettell, Jude Chalk, Rosie Shipman, Phillip Ley, John McSpadyen
Rehearsal Prompt : Tom Tillery
Publicity Co-ordinator : Jean Carr



Over his 22 Tower Company years, Jonathan Norris has been involved in about sixty productions - acting (Inspector Hubbard in Dial M For Murder, Alfred Doolittle in Pygmalion), music-directing (A Little Night Music and Guys and Dolls) or helping to provide music on keyboard or trombone. By day, he and his wife Ruth commute in from fashionable Clapton to earn a crust as Administrators of the Company.
 
Anne Connell has been hanging around the Tower for some twenty years, acting, writing, assistant-directing, ASM-ing, operating, serving on various committees and wondering if anybody fancies going for a drink. Most recently she caused her daughter to need therapy after seeing her as Mrs. Thatcher in Handbagged.
Richard Brent is hugely excited to be having another go at the great Sir Alan Ayckbourn. His only previous outing is playing all five waiters at the eccentric Ristorante Calvinu in Time of My Life. That was at Putney Arts Theatre, where other favourite shows and roles include Clybourne Park, How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found, Victor in Private Lives, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (not quite at the RSC ...) He was also a singing and dancing Snoopy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. For the Tower Theatre he has appeared in Mother's Day, Time and the Conways, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Accrington Pals. He's delighted that in this current show, all those years being intensely irritating will finally pay off.
 
Rachel Bothamley studied Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at Roehampton University, London where she took part in many theatre pieces, most notably 125 : The Camera Show with Britain's longest running experimental theatre company "The People Show". She also played Delia in her University production of Bedroom Farce and adores the play! Her most recent credits include Lady Montague in the Tower's production of Romeo and Juliet in Paris and a particularly nasty Briggs in Network Theatre Company's production of Her Naked Skin. Rachel now makes her second appearance with the Tower as the fantastically barmy Susannah!
This is Martin Shaw's eighth show with the Tower Theatre and his second attempt at Ayckbournian comedy after playing Bernard in the Tower's 2014 production of Season's Greetings. A life-long consumer of flat pack furniture, he hopes that this play will confirm his rightful place in the DIY hall of fame. Other appearances for the Tower include The Return of the Marionettes, Mother's Day, The Taming of the Shrew and Someone Who'll Watch Over Me.
 
Not only is this Harriet Snell's first production with the Tower Theatre Company, it's also her first experience of playing Ayckbourn so she is doubly excited! Her most recent performances were in Dorset, where she has recently moved from. Although she is happily adjusting to London life again, she still pops back often enough to top up her apple supply. Down in Dorset, she played Pat in Breaking the Code, Ruth Ellis in The Thrill of Love (ImpAct) and Claire in Proof (BLTC). Other experiences include touring England and the Channel Islands with Oddsocks productions (on a cart!) and doing two seasons of repertory theatre with the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival (in the sunshine on a good day!). She has also toured with the Young Shakespeare Company. By day she is a primary school teacher where her collection of random props and costumes come in handy!
Ryan Lee is brand new to the Tower scene and what better way to begin than to be bedridden! He has always had a love for the theatre and has been involved in productions both in his hometown theatre, the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch, and later in the Darlinghurst Theatre in Sydney, Australia. Since then he has dabbled in a bit of kung-fu, tried a spot of swing dancing and been in a few musicals for Centre Stage London before landing this role. All this activity is enough to give anyone a backache!
 
This is Hattie Hahn's first show with the Tower Theatre and she is delighted to be making her debut in this fabulous Ayckbourn comedy. Previous roles include Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Cookie in Rumours and Bridget in A Chorus of Disapproval with the Barclays Spread Eagle Players. Hattie read Drama at University when she had the opportunity to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. Hattie is also a bit of a runner and madly did her second marathon this year.
John Chapman has appeared in twelve of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's plays and, for good measure, has directed nine more. He has attended summer school workshops with the man himself, taken tea with him and regularly visits the theatre he set up in Scarborough; John even has a character in one play named after him. Though this does not make him an expert, it at least suggests that he might know what he is doing. All told he has been involved in about 150 productions. In the last of these he had the honour to play Bottom at both the Barbican and Royal Shakespeare Theatre in the RSC/Tower production of A Midsummer Night's Dream : A Play For The Nation - an experience he has promised not to bang on about during rehearsals for this play.