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Pity About Kitty

Jimmie Chinn

Short Play, Drama  /  3f, 1m

Pity About Kitty
by Jimmie Chinn

Humorous, articulate and painfully observant of human nature, this is one of Chinn's most intriguing and sensitive plays. Against the background of a medical tribunal Kitty is carried along by events she hardly comprehends and we see the pattern of h…

Pity About Kitty

by  Jimmie Chinn

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 1m
  • Duration
    Duration
    40 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

''Pity About Kitty'' is humorous, articulate and painfully observant of human nature, and this play is one of Jimmie Chinn's most intriguing and sensitive to date.

Staff Nurse Kitty, popular, good-natured and ever willing to help, is giving evidence at a medical tribunal investigating a patient's death. Suddenly she finds herself carried along by events that she hardly comprehends and and is condemned before she can even defend herself. Support which she felt that she could count on diminishes in the cause of self-interest, and helpful deeds performed at the time are misinterpreted. Based on a true-life incident, we see the pattern of her life in flashbacks, using imaginative lighting, heightened dialogue and delightful theatrical effects.

History

The play was first presented at the Duke's Head, Richmond, Surrey on the 2nd November 1987, directed by David Gilles.

The play was later broadcast by Radio 4 starring Dora Bryan on the 11th August 1998.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Simple interior. A space - with a long table, chairs and pols of light.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Not Applicable
M1 (middle-age) F3 (40s)
Casting Notes

The play can contain two wooden dummies or cut-outs for the tribunal scenes.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

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Press

'' Superb observation of a personal dilemma.......becomes heartbreakingly real.'' Richmond and Twickenham Times.

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Authors

Jimmie Chinn

James 'Jimmie' Chinn was born in Middleton, Lancashire on March 30th 1940 - the only son of his beloved mother, Edie. His early years, although not always easy, were to shape his writing in the future, and this often difficult time compounded his determination to achieve greater things. He was drawn ...

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