The Tower

Academic and scientist Shonagh has been asked by a colleague at the lab to record a podcast to encourage women to get into STEM. At home in her flat at the end of a sleepless night she reluctantly presses record. As she does her best to stick to the brief, a series of strange events disrupt the process and threaten to overwhelm her.

Content information

This episode contains references to alcoholism, death and bereavement.

Performed by Lisa Hammond

Lisa is an actress, writer and theatre maker. She has worked regularly with Told By an Idiot performing in Shoot me in the heart , A little fantasy , Beauty and the beast and Too clever by half. She has also worked with Improbable and has created many shows with her company Bunny including Still No Idea which had successful runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Royal Court Theatre. Other theatre work includes the National Theatre, Trestle, The RSC, Graeae and many other regional and international theatres and companies. She was a regular character in Eastenders (BBC) from 2014-2018 her other tv credits include Vera (ITV); Patricia (Sky Atlantic); One Night (BBC); Psychoville (BBC); Max and Paddy’s Road to nowhere (Ch4); Where the heart is (ITV).

Mary is played by Bernadette Russell , and Janek by James Burton.

Written by Annie Siddons

Annie is a writer and performer working in comedy, stage and screen. P rojects include Wild Country by Edith Tankus (co-creator) Some Old Street by Bunny, Momo for the Unicorn Theatre, How (not) to Live in Suburbia (touring and Edinburgh Fringe), Raymondo, How (not) to Fight a Family Curse (Soho/Royal Court, in development). Her most recent projects include Dennis of Penge (writer/performer Ovalhouse/Albany) Ant and Hop at Unicorn Theatre, Babylon Beyond Borders (Bush Theatre) All’s Well that Ends Well (Globe Theatre - dramaturg/writer) Her comedy persona Karima Kay has just started gigging in London. She is currently developing work for TV.



  • Produced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)
  • Assistant Producer Daljinder Johal
  • Directed by Kate Chapman
  • Sound design by Iain Armstrong
  • Sound editing by Fraser Youngson
  • Partner: Nottingham Playhouse
  • Supported by Arts Council England