The Norman Conquests

Directed by Victor Craven

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington

The Norman Conquests

by Alan Ayckbourn

We regret that, as with theatres generally, the Tower Theatre is currently closed. We intend to reschedule our planned shows as soon as practicable : we'll update the web site when we know more.

The Norman Conquests is a trilogy of plays (Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden) concerning a group of related people. First performed in Scarborough and London in the early 1970s, a hugely successful revival played at the Old Vic Theatre in 2008 starring Jessica Hynes and Ben Miles, and with Stephen Mangan as Norman.

The plays are not consecutive, but all occur during a single weekend in different parts of the same house. Thus we are watching events which are taking place simultaneously with those we have seen, or are about to see. Each is complete in itself and they can be watched in any order. However, each benefits if they can be viewed as one threefold whole.

Annie has arranged to spend an illicit weekend with her sister Ruth's husband Norman, and for this reason has asked her elder brother Reg and his wife Sarah to look after the house and their widowed mother. It is generally assumed by all that Annie ought to pair off with Tom, but her attempts to communicate this to him never seem to penetrate. And the one consistent ambition throughout the weekend is that of assistant librarian Norman's attempts to seduce all three women.

Photography by David Sprecher


Cast List

Annie : Rosie Louden
Tom : Andy Murton
Sarah : Helen McGill
Reg : Paul Graves
Ruth : Ruth Sullivan
Norman : Simon Vaughan

Music played by :
Colin Guthrie (piano)
Matthew Gardner (violin)
Daniel Gardner (cello)


Production Team

Director : Victor Craven
Set Design : Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Peter Westbury and Sheila Burbidge
Lighting Design : Stephen Ley
Sound Design and Music Composition : Colin Guthrie
Movement Director : Ruth Sullivan
Fight Director : Richard Kirby

Stage Manager : Dinah Irvine
Assistant Directors : Jon Gilmartin and Sharita Oomeer
Assistant Stage Manager : Wayne Gilbart
Lighting Operator : George Sherrard
Sound Operator : Jonathan Norris

This is Rosie Louden’s first (and second, and third!) production with Tower Theatre, and she’s delighted to kick off with such a challenging and fun trilogy of plays. Rosie trained as an actor at both The Oxford School of Drama, and Cygnet Training Theatre. Following this she had a brief spell acting professionally on stage in London and the South West which included a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe. Recent credits include Lois in For Services Rendered (Questors), Tamara in Taking Sides (Questors), Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Olivia in Twelfth Night (tour), Jane in Jane Eyre (tour) and Sophie in Strawberries in January (King’s Head Theatre). Rosie is thrilled to join the Tower Company and such a talented cast and crew in this fabulous trilogy.
Andy Murton has appeared in 10 productions with the Tower since 2012 and was last seen playing Charles Dickens in Little Nell in 2015. His theatre credits include roles of Timon of Athens and Falstaff in rep at Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Daughter (Pleasance Theatre), Loaded (Harrogate Theatre), Afterplay (Bridewell Theatre), Another Northern Man (Hope Theatre) and Absolute Certainty and Lost Unfound (White Bear Theatre). He is currently touring a one man stage show in a re-telling of classic ghost stories. Film credits include the role of Oz in Award Winning British Independent feature film Above the Clouds, Detective David Andrews in forthcoming crime thriller Lily and a featured role in Let Me Go with Juliet Stevenson.
This is Helen McGill's eleventh production with the Tower, having performed in King Charles III, Di and Viv and Rose, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Priory, Time and The Conways, Marching Song, Chalet Lines and Dumb Show in previous seasons. Helen has also performed with Putney Arts Theatre, where she played the role of Phoebe in Party. Before arriving in London in 2013, she acted with companies in Liverpool where her roles included Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Yelena in Uncle Vanya.
This is Paul Graves's fourth production with the Tower Theatre following on from his performances in The Canterbury Tales (The Priest), Trainspotting (Renton) and 1984 (Winston). With Putney Theatre Company he has appeared in Treasure Island (Live Foley), The Tempest (Sebastian) and As You Like It (Touchstone) and was a set designer on SEDOS's immersive production Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made Of for which he won the 2017 NODA prize for innovation. Between working on productions he has taken courses with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the RSC, Les Enfants and Punchdrunk.
Ruth Sullivan joined the Tower in 2007 and has performed, directed, choreographed and designed sound for many productions. Her most recent shows as an actor include Happy Days, Kindertransport and Frozen. Directing credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Sea, The Last Five Years, The Maids, Macbeth and, most recently, King Charles III. As a Foley Artist, her work in TV and film includes Belgravia, Bodyguard, Killing Eve, The Death of Stalin, Downton Abbey, Spooks, Eyes Wide Shut, Mamma Mia!, 28 Days Later and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, for which she won an Emmy. She also works in the theatre performing live sound effects and is a regular performer in Simon McBurney's production of The Magic Flute.
This is Simon Vaughan's fourth production with the Tower Company after appearing as the loud mouth shock-jock Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Fluellen/Alice in Henry V, and Thomas Killigrew in Nell Gwynn. Recent roles for other companies include Edward Little in Shoot the Bugger, Charles Dickens in Sikes and Nancy, and Eric/Llewellyn in Loveplay. When not acting, he can be found performing folk songs or sword dancing instead.
For the Tower Theatre Victor Craven has directed Way Upstream, The Habit of Art, Comic Potential, On Religion and Blackbird. Other directing credits include What Do You Do With An Idea? (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall); Voyager (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall & Granada Theater, Santa Barbara); Game Over (London Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall); A Chip in the Sugar, Her Big Chance, Bed Among the Lentils and A Lady of Letters (Landor Theatre); Lettice and Lovage, Ten Times Table, Relatively Speaking, Confusions, One For the Road, Habeas Corpus and Toad of Toad Hall.