Identity's DRACULA, 2021

▶︎ "Creative use of the space with clever set construction and zoning.
    Acting fabulous from every single member of the cast, make-up
    outstanding, sound and lighting expertly done adding great atmosphere
    throughout. Another excellent production from Identity Theatre" -

    email to the Company

 

▶︎ "Directed by Nettie Sheridan and Gary Cook for Identity Theatre,
    Dracula marks a joyously dark return to BOAT ... this production

    reminding us of IT’s professional-level outstanding shows:

    Blue Remembered Hills (2017) The Crucible (2018) and
    Wuthering Heights. Identity Theatre’s a class apart; there’s enough

    of that here to show why –
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SHOW - Fringe Review


▶︎ "Thrilling and with a lightness of touch suited to the outdoor space - with
    some genuinely funny touches for light relief!" -

    Audience feedback

 

▶︎ "Fabulous casting, direction costumes and sound brings the eerie Gothic
    tale to the BOAT this week - catch it before it dissolves in smoke! -
    Audience feedback

Dracula Company, 2021, in no particular order
Dracula was originally scheduled for 2020 but was held over to 2021 due to the COVID pandemic

KANE MAGEE
Jonathan Harker

Kane enjoys throwing himself completely at an acting role... and despite popular belief, caught the acting bug late. "School is for academic study" his mother said. So after dropping out of Mathematics at University he completed the 2 year diploma in acting at ACT Brighton... Previous roles in training include Ralph Clark in Our Country's Good, Gidney in Pinter's A Night Out, and various characters in Caryl Churchill's thrilling Love and Information. In 2019, he portrayed Malcolm in Wick Theatre Company’s Macbeth.
Kane loves exceptionally dark and emotional plays and made his BOAT debut playing Heathcliff in Identity's Wuthering Heights in 2019.

HELOISE BLISS

Lucy / Bride

Heloise returns to the BOAT this year after appearing in Identity's production of The Crucible, as the unfortunate Betty Parris, and the 2019 production of Wuthering Heights, where she played Isabella to great acclaim.
Heloise is very much enjoying the rehearsal process, and is keen to take on further acting opportunities in the future.

SAM RAZAVI

Doctor Seward

Sam graduated from the Academy of Creative Training in 2002. He toured Germany for a year with White Horse Theatre, playing amongst other roles Jekyll/Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He then toured Italy for two seasons with Milan-based Palkettostage before going on to produce and direct a further three seasons with the same company. An avid musician, he has also composed scores for further seasons at White Horse Theatre, including Oliver Twist; for A Christmas Carol at the Sallis Benney Theatre in Brighton where he also played The Ghost of Christmas Present and wrote and recorded several songs for R&B girl group On Ice. He formed the Lawton Theatre company in 2003, directing The Merchant of Venice and Romeo & Juliet. Film credits include Stephen Wills in local director Luke Mepham's Intrusion and Jamal in Pleasure Marriage (2006) which was nominated for best short film at the Hawaii International Film Festival. As fate would have it, while on a TIE job in Huddersfield, Sam was introduced to poker by a fellow actor. For over a decade since he has forged a successful career as a professional poker player, becoming one of the most recognized faces of poker in the UK and the Asia-Pacific and regarded as one of the most consistent Texas Hold'Em tournament players in the world. Having recently moved back to the UK from Asia, he discovered The Barn Theatre in Southwick, performing in several shows for both the Wick Theatre Company and The Southwick Players, most notably as Major Arnold in Wick Theatre Companies production of Taking Sides for which he won joint Best Actor with fellow cast member David Creedon at the BHAC Awards. Sam regards any opportunity to perform as a privilege and is delighted to be working with the cast and crew of Identity Theatre on this production.

ADAM MACRAE
Vlad Dracula

Adam acted extensively during his teens and twenties, playing lead or principal roles in productions such Henry V, Arcadia, Cyrano de Bergerac and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. He has also directed productions of Romeo and Juliet and Murder in the Cathedral. After a break of several years Adam returned to theatre, and appeared in the award-winning production of Dinner and then The Elephant Man for Southwick Players. Adam is delighted to be playing "The Count" for Identity.

 

RIA FAY
Mina

Ria enjoys all aspects of performing and theatre making, from acting and dancing to directing and writing.
She trained for two years in Musical Theatre at The Brighton Academy, before going on to train at East 15 Acting School, where she received a first class degree in World Performance.

Since graduating she has worked as a tour guide for Comedy Central’s Friends Fest, toured in a community Christmas pantomime and devised a show for The Festival of Social Science in Nottingham. Her debut play I’m Just a Little Bit OCD has been performed at The Southend Fringe, The Brighton Fringe and at two of OCD Actions annual events. She is currently in the process of planning a tour for the production in 2022.

Ria is very excited to play the role of Mina in Dracula and work with Identity Theatre.

KATE STONER
Nurse Grice / Nurse Nisbett

Kate has been involved in the theatre since her debut in panto at the age of 5. She 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); 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, winning best Director in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council Awards for this production.
Kate currently teaches at BSTARZ and at Theatre Workshop preparing children for LAMDA exams, scholarships 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, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical for BTG, and in 2018 played Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible; and in 2019 played Frances Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights, both for Identity.

ANDREW WESBY

Orderly Drinkwater

Andrew played Jan Coggan, senior rustic in the Brighton and Hove Arts Council award-winning Far From The Madding Crowd for the Southwick Players. 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’ 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, followed by the tragic Giles Corey in The Crucible and

Joseph / Old Man Linton in Wuthering Heights, both for Identity. He returned to the Barn Theatre stage for Wick Theatre Company's Macbeth in 2019.

Wes has always been critical to the design and construction of Identity's sets for The BOAT.

BEE MITCHELL-TURNER
Florrie

Bee'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.
Bee 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 Bee twice played Angela in Blue Remembered Hills for Southwick Players and Identity Theatre, then returned to the Brighton Open Air Theatre for Identity's The Crucible in 2018 playing Elizabeth Proctor and again in the 2019 production of Wuthering Heights as Nelly Dean

TREFOR LEVINS
Renfield

Trefor graduated from the Academy of Creative Training and has been acting for many years from comedic roles to dramatic ones. Roles include Caliban in The Tempest, Horatio in Hamlet, Harry Brewer in Our Country's Good, The Maniac in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Merrick in The Elephant Man (a role he reprised for Southwick Players in 2020), and Michal in The Pillowman. Trefor also appeared in the touring production of The Story of Love in the Harbour. He is interested in all aspects of theatre and film making, and is pleased to be portraying the unhinged Renfield at the BOAT!

DAVID BALFE
Van Helsing

Dave did no acting at school, nor college, university or anywhere else, until twenty years ago when he caught the bug (not the virus) at the Queen Mother Theatre in Hitchin, Herts. Since moving to Southwick five years ago he’s appeared in Blue Remembered Hills (twice), Blood Wedding, The Turn of the Screw and The Elephant Man, that he can remember. Being old, he can’t remember much. But he does have some dim memory of being a musician back in the eighties, before moving over to the business side to swindle poor little indie-rockers. Until recently he was an Adur Councillor, but the less said about that the better. Nowadays, being particularly lazy, he does as little as he can get away with, living a life of luxury on his stolen royalties.

Playing Van Helsing enables Dave to fulfil a life-long ambition to hammer stakes into people’s chests.

GARY COOK
Director / Producer / Founder
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), Gary has also worked on sound design, set design, props and "hanging about backstage trying to be useful".

In 2016 he co-directed Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills for the Southwick Players (with Nettie), which garnered many Arts Council awards including the Excellence Award.

In 2017, Gary teamed up with Nettie to form Identity and reprise Blue Remembered Hills at the BOAT.

2018 saw Gary direct Henry James' The Turn of The Screw for the Southwick Players (runner-up in the NODA south-east drama awards); in 2018 he directed a rehearsed reading of the gangster farce Wetwork.

In 2018 Gary became President of The Southwick Players, and also performed in the award-winning production of The Corn Is Green, as the rickety and confused Old Tom (typecasting!).

Identity returned to the BOAT in 2018 with The Crucible, and again in 2019 with Wuthering Heights, both co-directed with Nettie.

His play Pity was presented to great acclaim for Southwick Players and in a revised version for the Worthing Theatre Trail in 2019. His SF drama,The Librarian, was presented as an online reading during the 2020 Pandemic.
2020 saw Gary appearing at The Barn Theatre as a greasy fairground barker (more typecasting!) in The Elephant Man; September 2021 saw him return to the Barn, directing Hedda Gabler for the Southwick Players, winning several Brighton and Hove Arts Council Awards for the show. In 2022, Gary directed the small but perfectly formed piece Sleepers by Michael Frayn as part of Brighton Little Theatre's 48 Hour Challenge

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 of 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 Brighton Open Air Theatre 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 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.

In 2018, Nettie directed Fantastic Mister Fox for the Southwick Players Youth group, with youngsters aged 10-16. She co-directed The Crucible with Identity, and in 2018, played Faye in Neil Simon's Chapter Two, followed by channelling her inner witch for the Wick Theatre Company's Macbeth in 2019. Nettie took on the role of Julie - and directed - Gary's short play Pity for the Worthing Theatre Trail.
Nettie returned to the the BOAT in 2019, co-directing Identity's Wuthering Heights. In 2020, she directed the Southwick Players production of The Elephant Man, dodging the first COVID lockdown by days... after Dracula, Nettie appeared as Berte in Hedda Gabler at The Barn Theatre, and in December 2021 she directed Blithe Spirit for the Southwick Players. In 2022 she directed Phil Porter's Blink for Brighton Little Theatre

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