The Paddington Tank

Written by James Sinkinson
Directed for Actonians by Jim Sinkinson & Rachel Taylor


Based upon Henry IV Pt 1 As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages Project, in celebration of their 50th birthday, the Actonians are producing a specially written play based on Henry IV P1. Set in 2012, the Tank, an addiction drop-in centre, is a metaphor for the throne of England and the prize at the heart of a boardroom battle (every bit as fierce as its own metaphor - the Battle of Shrewsbury of 1403). Like the original, it is a mix of drama and comedy, iambic pentameter and prose, and contrasts the world of big business (via the Bolingbroke and the Percy families) with an equally dubious demimonde characterised by hard drinking and crime and personified by Falstaff. Although certain 'liberties' have been taken with gender, it retains most of Henry IV's characters and re-works all the main narratives and plots. Similarly it explores some of Shakespeare's universal questions around leadership, friendship and duty, honour, ambition and struggles with personal demons (an additional theme is alcoholism). This play was produced in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages Project.


Henrietta Bolingbroke Di Pardoe
Kate Percy Sarah McMahon
Jo Falstaff Michelle Clare-Hudson
Hal Bolingbroke Sarah Godsell
Peto Godfrey Laundy
Bardolph Malcolm Watson
Walter Blunt Rob Pardoe
Beth Helen Briggs
Jim Sinkinson
Michelle Lucas
Lizzie Gaynor Clark
Harry Percy Nick Sharp
Douglas Mike Schofield
Glendower Gerry Millward
Quickly Pat Stimson
Hugo Matthew Godsell
Rupert Josh Chapman
Stage Manager Steve Birch
Set Design Maureen Blake
Set Construction Steve Birch
Lighting & Sound Mark Whitehouse
Prompt Gerry Millward
Front of House
Alan Cross
Ann Aplin
Box Office Alan Cross
Database & Online Booking Gavin Smalley
Photographs and Video Ray Bulmer
Facebook & IT Links Sarah Godsell
Music & Lyrics
The Pogues
Jim Sinkinson
Marketing & IT
Sarah Godsell
Sarah McMahon
Poster & Artwork Tom McMahon
Andy Fisher
Di Roper-Marshall