August 29 - September 1 2018, Brighton Open Air Theatre

Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Written in the early 1950s, "The Crucible" takes place in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1692 Witch Trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.

 

Miller captures the events in a gripping story that is now considered a modern classic. He wrote it during the "Red Scare" and used the witch trials as a metaphor for the 'witch hunts' of communists in America.

 

With the current political situation of "fake news", confusion of ideals and the global rise of nationalism, we felt that there had never been a better time to revisit this incredible piece of theatre

The Crucible Company, 2018

CONOR BAUM
Rev. Parris
Conor is a Brighton-based theatre maker, director and actor. Originally from the East Midlands, Conor attended Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, during which time he spent a six month placement studying at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Theatre. Other training includes a Directing Observership with California-based repertory company Shakespeare Napa Valley and the SITI Theatre Company of New York, spending his early professional career working with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Wrestling School. He is currently one of the faculty at the Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training, lecturing in Theatre History, Contextual Studies and Theatre Business. Conor was a founding member of the critically acclaimed Brighton theatre company, Brief Hiatus and is a frequent collaborator with Chocolate Box Theatre. For the last year, he has been developing new work with Hungry Wolf Theatre Company at Brighton, Edinburgh and Camden Fringe Festivals.

ANDY BELL
John Proctor

Andy has been acting since 2003. Initially performing at New Venture Theatre in a range of productions, Antony and Cleopatra; Helen Nelder’s What I Just Shot; Hard Times; Cosi; Blue Remembered Hills (as Willie); The Duchess Of Malfi; Bouncers; The Ugly One; Breaking The Code; Our Country’s Good; The Memory of Water; Richard III plus Someone Who'll Watch Over Me for Southwick Players.
In recent years he has appeared at NVT as Lenny in Of Mice and Men (Best Actor Award Brighton & Hove Arts Council), Mr Boo in Little Voice, Victor in Arthur Miller's The Price, Truscott in Loot,  Larry in Patrick Marber's Closer for Sideway Theatre, One half of Jim Cartwright's Two for Shatterproof Productions, Berkoffs' Greek at BLT, plus Blue Remembered Hills for Southwick Players in 2016 and its 2017 revival with Identity.

ROSANNA BINI
Abigail Williams

Rosanna is an Australian-born actress who has been living and working in Brighton for the past 7 years.

In 2015, Rosanna became one of four founding members of Brighton-based theatre company Brief Hiatus. In the company's short history, they produced seven shows; six in 2016 and one in 2017. Roles for Brief Hiatus include Gertrude in Gertrude: The Cry, Emelia in Othello, Ilse/Miss Twister in Spring Awakening, Agave in The Bacchae, Lussurioso in The Revenger's Tragedy and Mina Murray in Dracula.

Rosanna has previously performed at the BOAT with Droll and Folly Theatre and Brief Hiatus. This is Rosanna's first show with Identity Theatre, and her fourth time performing in The Crucible.

HELOISE BLISS
Betty Parris

Heloise is taking to the stage for the first time in 10 years for Identity Theatres production of The Crucible. Her last role was Knuckles in Bugsy Malone. Excited to take on the role of Betty Parris, Heloise is enjoying the outside rehearsals and hopes to take on further acting opportunities in the future.

GRAHAM HAMMETT

Deputy Governor Danforth
This production is Graham’s first acting role for many years. As Head of Drama at Cardinal Newman Catholic School (previously at The Holy Trinity School, Crawley) he is more accustomed to directing others than performing these days. He has directed numerous school plays (Arabian Nights, Wendy & Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Beauty & the Beast, Animal Farm) and musicals (Les Miserables, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Back to the Eighties, Oliver!, Hairspray). He has performed with Brighton Theatre Group in Jesus Christ Superstar and Sweeney Todd; and in The Pirates of Penzance with Barnes & Richmond Operatic Society. He is very excited to be performing with Identity Theatre at the BOAT.

JACQUELINE HARPER
Judge Hathorne / Girl
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jackie graduated from St. Edward’s University with a degree in Theatre, trained in NYC as a puppeteer and long-form improviser, and is now a professional voiceover artist.

Her first UK performance was Berte in Hedda Gabler at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since moving to Brighton, she has played Queen Anne in Richard III and Cassandra in Women of Troy at New Venture Theatre, The Therapist in Still Lives at Brighton Little Theatre (Fringe Festival), Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Apollo Productions, as well as Lorraine in The Man Who Came To Dinner with the Southwick Players. Most recently, she was Sarah Casey in Disappeared followed by Caliban in The Tempest, both with Wick Theatre Company.

She is very excited for her first show with Identity Theatre, and her first show at BOAT.

JONATHAN HOWLETT
Hale

Jon graduated from East 15 School of Acting in 2008 with an MA in Acting for TV, Film and Radio. He has performed in various London Fringe Theatres and at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe. His most recent credits include Gus in The Dumb Waiter at The Rialto Theatre and Parsons in 1984 at the New Venture Theatre. He has featured in numerous Independent and Feature Films and Commercial work includes lead roles for Nissan and Channel 4. In his recent work he has featured as Gary in The Hapless Lovelife of Jesus Grey (Winner of Best International Film at The L.A Comedy Festival) and as Den in the feature film The Last Superheroes. This is Jonathan's first appearance with Identity Theatre.

SARAH JEANPIERRE
Tituba
Who knew that playing the Virgin Mary in the school nativity play at the age of 7 would result in a future in theatre? Sarah most certainly hoped. Fast forward 20 years and she is a graduate of Rose Bruford College with a degree in American Theatre Arts. She has worked with former classmate now Brighton-based director Conor Baum, appearing as Renfield/Elena/a Bride of Dracula in Bram Stoker’s Dracula which was at Preston Manor, Cassia in Othello at 88 London Road and formerly portrayed Tituba in Apollo Productions 2015 production of The Crucible at The Basement in Brighton. London roles include; Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew at The Cockpit and The Bread & Roses and an ensemble member for The Vagina Monologues at The Bread & Roses.

2018 will be spent with creatives and collaborating mainly in London; focusing on radical Britain with Daedalus Theatre Company and mental health with Acting Authentically.

CHARLEY ROBERTS
Mercy Lewis / Props / SM

Charley performed with the Wick Theatre Company as Agnes in their 2007 production of David Copperfield. She then followed her love for Shakespeare by working with the Shakespeare Players in Dallas, Texas, in productions of Comedy of Errors, Cymbeline and A Midsummer Night’s Dream - a play she also featured in back home with the Southwick Players’ in 2016.
Charley has taught English, and Drama, assisting with various school productions as part of the backstage team, and in 2017 achieved her MA in Shakespeare and Education.
In 2018, she took part in the Southwick Players’ haunting production of The Turn of the Screw and was part of the make-up team for the SPY production of Fantastic Mister Fox. Charley is thrilled to be part of The Crucible with Identity Theatre and is looking forward to her roles both onstage and backstage.

NETTIE SHERIDAN
Director/producer/founder

Nettie returned to the stage after a long break in 2011. Since this time she 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, and its BOAT revival with her own 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 Farm and 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. Nettie is also Southwick Players Youth (SPY) group leader, running drama sessions for youngsters aged 10-16.

In 2018, Nettie is directing Fantastic Mister Fox for the SPY group, as well as co-directing The Crucible with Identity, and in November 2018, will take to the Priory Playhouse in Arundel in the semi autobiographical play, Chapter Two, by Neil Simon.

KATE STONER
Rebecca Nurse
Kate has been involved in the theatre since treading the boards in panto at the age of 5. She continued her training and became a Speech and Drama teacher, and was Head of Drama at Deepdene School for many years.
She has enjoyed a variety of roles, amongst her favourites have been...  Her Ladyship in Strangers in Arms at the Piccadilly Theatre, London; Lady Jacqueline in Me and My Girl for Brighton and Hove Operatic; Felicia in The Witches of Eastwick for Brighton Theatre Group (both at the Theatre Royal Brighton); Flora in Flora the Red Menace at Brighton Little Theatre; Sybil in Daisy Pulls it Off at the Pavilion Theatre Brighton; Audrey in Blue Remembered Hills and Linda in Blood Brothers (both for Unexpected Productions); Isobel in The Pirates of Penzance for Music 2000; Julie in Here Comes The Bride for Beside the Sea Productions.
In the 90's Kate became one of the founder members of The Big Fat Theatre Company and performed as Monica in An Evening With Gary Lineker and Hobby in Teechers.
She directed Bouncers for The Southwick Players and won best Director in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Awards for this production.
Kate currently teaches at BSTARZ and also at Theatre Workshop preparing children for LAMDA scholarships, exams and festivals.
In 2017, as her debut with Identity, Kate played Audrey in Blue Remembered Hills; in 2018 she played the housekeeper Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw at Southwick Players and Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers for Apollo Productions.
She
looks forward to new productions and adventures with Identity.

GARY COOK
Director/producer/designer/founder
After many years with the band Skinbat Scramble, leaving a trail of 6 remaindered CDs in their wake, designer Gary swapped music for his first love, theatre.

Initially working in publicity and promotion for several Brighton Theatre Groups (notably the Southwick Players, for whom he has won several Arts Council Publicity Awards); he has worked on sound design, set design, props and generally hanging about backstage at various productions trying to be useful. In 2016 Gary co-directed Dennis Potter's wonderful Blue Remembered Hills for the Southwick Players, which won many Arts Council awards including the Excellence Award. His own short play Pity was presented to great acclaim as part of a one-act evening for Southwick Players - He is currently working on a revised and expanded version of Pity ready for full performance, as well as a science fiction drama, The Librarian.

In 2017, Gary teamed up with Nettie to form Identity and reprise Blue Remembered Hills at the BOAT. In March 2018, Gary directed an adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of The Screw for the Southwick Players, and in April 2018 directed a rehearsed reading of Wetwork. In October 2018 Gary performed in Southwick Players' The Corn Is Green, as a rickety old man.

KATIE MARSHALL
Susanna Walcott

Katie has been performing since the age of nine, starting in regional dance competitions before moving on to acting and musical theatre during secondary school. She has over a decade of training in ballet, tap, and jazz, and is a former student of the Pauline Quirke Academy, where she now teaches.

Katie is also involved with the Southwick Opera and has been with them since 2015, taking on ensemble and dance roles in various productions and revues, playing Nellie in Annie Get Your Gun in 2017. She joined the Burgess Hill Musical Theatre Society late last year and in 2018 performed in their production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. The Crucible marked her first play, and she is very excited to be joining Identity.
In October 2018, Katie is performing as Bessie Watty in The Corn Is Green for the Southwick Players.

ANDREW WESBY
Giles Corey
Andrew has performed with the Southwick players in recent years. He made his debut with the Players in darkest Wessex as Jan Coggan, senior rustic in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council award-winning Far From The Madding Crowd. He then went on for a quiet meander round a far from stately home in a selection of schizophrenic roles in Peter Schaffer's gleeful Lettice and Lovage.
In 2016 he joined the cast of Southwick Players' Blue Remembered Hills as Raymond, the slightly posher one with a bit of a conscience. He appeared as Timothy Leary, hallucinogenic prophet, in Opera Alumnus’ reimagined version of Handel’s Alcina and then reprised Raymond in Identity's Blue Remembered Hills in 2017. In 2018 he played the haunting Peter Quint in Southwick Players' The Turn of the Screw

DEBBIE CREISSEN
Ann Putnam / Martha Corey
Debbie has performed in several acting and non-acting roles at The Southwick Players, winning Best Supporting Actor awards for both Benjamin in Animal Farm and Lotte in Lettice and Lovage. She recently performed in two productions at Brighton Little Theatre and last year took on the role of assistant supervisor/director for SP Youth drama group (SPY). In 2018 she performed in dual roles in The Turn Of The Screw Directed by Gary at The Barn Theatre, and in October 2018 returned to the Barn Stage as Mrs. Watty in The Corn Is Green

BEA MITCHELL-TURNER
Elizabeth Proctor

Bea's acting career launched aged eleven when she was the eponymous hero in Peter Pan. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has Directed Martin Crimps' Attempts on Her Life, Moira Buffini’s Love Play, and Laura Wade's Breathing Corpses.

Since then she has played Amanda in Private Lives for Southwick Players, Hedda in Hedda Gabler at Brighton Little Theatre, as well as Anna in Old Times, Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Beatrice in A Comedy of Errors, Nel in End Games, and Charlotte Corday in Marat/Sade to name but a few.
Bea took time out recently to pursue an MA in Creative Writing at Chichester University for which she was awarded a Distinction; she is currently writing her third novel.
In 2016/17 Bea twice played Angela in Blue Remembered Hills for Southwick Players and Identity Theatre.

NANCY WESBY

Mary Warren

Nancy has been involved in theatre since a young age. She performed in various productions as a member of Brighton Youth Theatre Group including Oliver! at the Theatre Royal in Brighton.

Nancy is also a keen singer. She was a member of Glyndebourne Youth Opera and performed a series of operas written by local composers at Glyndebourne Opera House and at the Tête à Tête opera festival in London.

Nancy’s most recent role was Mary in Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby at the Barn Theatre in Southwick.

Nancy is pleased to be one of many new members to Identity Theatre Company.

KUBA PABINIAK
Cheever

Although new to acting in a professional setting, Kuba is very keen to get the ball rolling. With a passion for acting, the best way to advance his skills and get an insight on what it’s like to be an actor is through the opportunity he was presented with by Identity Theatre.

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