Performing - Pity
Written by Gary Cook
Directed by Nettie Sheridan
Cast... Katherine - Debbie Creissen / Julie - Nettie Sheridan
Based on personal experiences of his mother's illness, Gary crafted this piece to reflect not only acute observations of the process of dementia - the strange, baffling loss of all memory and reason - as well as an observation of the toll tht looking afterh those with this terrible disease can take. The narrative loosely follows the last few months of an early-onset victims life as they grow to trust, and mistrust, their carer. As an unreliable narrator of her own life, facts and foals become blurred as we move towards an ambigious release... but who should we pity?
Suitable for age 12 +
THE DIRECTOR, Nettie Sheridan.
Nettie is Gary's partner in running Identity Theatre. Nettie has co-directed Blue Remembered Hills, The Crucible and Wuthering Heights. For Southwick Players she directed a youth production of Fantastic Mister Fox and Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage.
KATHERINE played by Debbie Creissen
Recently seen in Wuthering Heights at Brighton Open Air Theatre for Identity (she was also assistant to the directors), Debbie has performed in several acting and non-acting roles for the Southwick Players, winning Best Supporting Actor awards for both Benjamin in Animal Farm and Lotte in Lettice and Lovage. She has also performed at Brighton Little Theatre and has taken the role of assistant supervisor/director for SP Youth drama group (SPY) and their production of Fantastic Mister Fox. In 2018 she performed in dual roles in The Turn Of The Screw directed by Pity’s author Gary at The Barn Theatre, then In Identity's The Crucible as Ann Putnam/Martha Corey, and in October 2018 returned to the Barn as Mrs. Watty in The Corn Is Green, for which she won the Best Supporting Actress award from the Southwick Players.
JULIE played by Nettie Sheridan
Nettie has performed in many productions and undertaken a variety backstage roles including Stage Manager, Production Assistant, DSM and Prompt. She was Assistant Director for Private Lives, Director for Lettice and Lovage and the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Excellence Award-winning Blue Remembered Hills in 2016 (co-directing with Gary Cook), and its BOAT revival with their company, Identity in 2017. Nettie has played a variety of roles, her recent favourites being The Dodo in Alice In Wonderland, Sarah Sally in Translations, Ma Bailey in Its A Wonderful Life, Muriel in Animal Farmand Soberance in Far From The Madding Crowd.
Nettie has also performed in musicals, pantomimes, variety shows and rehearsed play readings. She is an active member of Brighton Little Theatre, Southwick Players and The Arundel Players.