Sister Mary Ignatius Cast List

Cath Ion (Philomena):

Originally from Shropshire West Midlands, Catherine trained at Salford University where she performed at the Comedy Store Manchester. Since moving to London last year she has also appeared as Livia in The Tamer Tamed (a sequel to The Taming of the Shrew), produced by the KDC Theatre. In between acting Catherine is a baker at Ham House and is trying to write her own comedy stuff.

Kevin Morin (Gary):

Kevin is making his first appearance on stage in London here in the role of Gary. He comes from Boston, MA where over the course of the past 10 years he has worked as an actor, director, producer, set builder, and sound designer. Favorite roles are Alex in The Little Dog Laughed and Rudy in Bent. Kevin’s day job in the market research industry is the reason he’s here in London in the first place. Without it he would not have found this wonderful opportunity.”

Fiona O’Sullivan (Sister Mary):

Fiona has wanted to act for as long as she can remember. She appeared in several university productions whilst at medical school, including Gwendolyn in ‘The importance of Being Earnest’ and Beverly in ‘Abigail’s Party’. She was a member of the Irish Universities Theatre Company who, in 1988, toured the east coast of the US on a memorable U-Haul road trip. Fitting theatre around her work as a doctor, she subsequently appeared with Red Kettle Theatre Company in Waterford and with Spotlight Theatre on the Dublin fringe circuit. In 2000 Fiona trained with The Actors Company Hoxton, playing the role of Chorus in Jean Anouilh’s ‘Antigone’ at Jermyn Street Theatre. This is her first performance with KDC Theatre.

Caleb Watson (Thomas):

8-year-old Caleb makes his debut in the fantabulous production of Sister Mary. Cheeky and fun-loving Caleb is a world travelled well-rounded child who has taken to acting like a fish to water.  He is avid car geek, able to tell you all you need to know about classic to concept cars., and has a collection of over 300 diecast cars from around the globe. Caleb is currently learning to play the guitar and violin. He has often being likened to Jim Parsons for his geekness and Matt Lantern for his handsomeness.

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Anna Whitelock (Diane)

Anna has been involved in theatre for over 10 years in Toronto and London both on stage and behind the scenes. She has acted in a number of productions playing roles which include Miss Tilehouse in The Sea by Edward Bond, Margot Frank in the KDC production of The Diary of Anne Frank and Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. She got the part of Diane because she also has no sense of humour.

Oliver Wilson (Aloysius):

You will have heard Oliver as BBC Radio Ones Entertainment presenter and also seen him on screen presenting for the Inside Out current affairs programme on BBC North West. He spent two and a half years at the BBC before joining The Actors Centre Covent Garden and then The Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre in Los Angeles. There he studied acting and traded presenting for his true passion of acting. This is Oliver’s first acting role after completing studies at both schools.

Katherine Wootton (Director)

After assistant-directing Tamer Tamed with KDC, Katherine was hungry for more. She is thrilled to be directing one of her favourite plays this season. When not throwing herself into theatre, she is to be found working at the BBC, practising Hapkido, or making short films.

Helen Jackson (AD)

After studying English and Drama at university and mucking about a bit, Helen came to London from oop north many moons ago in search of streets paved with gold. She didn’t find gold but she did discover lots of fantastic theatre. This is the fourth time Helen has been involved in a KDC play but her first time behind the scenes. Helen has previously treaded the boards in A Clockwork Orange, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tamer Tamed and she has really enjoyed her assistant directorial debut. Her guilty pleasures include wine, Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, more wine, and the odd bit of musical theatre.

Peter Cabrera (Producer)

Sister Mary… is the first show Peter has produced for KDC Theatre. He began acting at school and University, appearing as Orlando in a University of York Drama Society production of As You Like It. Since moving to London he has also appeared as Jacques in The Tamer Tamed (a sequel to The Taming of the Shrew), produced by KDC. He is currently appearing in George Bernard Shaw’s The Man of Destiny at the Bridewell Theatre. In between appearances, Peter works in central London for an executive search firm. He lives in North London with a lizard.

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Summer Season Posters

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A Number and F**kArt Poster

Conference Call and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You Poster

Pub Quiz Champion (The Devised Piece) Poster

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You is a savage dark comedy, exploring the absurdity of religious fanaticism unmitigated by compassion. Sister Mary, assisted by her current star pupil, 7-year-old Thomas, impatiently explains the ‘rules’ of life as dictated by Catholic dogma and catechism to the audience, and the dire consequences should these rules be flouted. She is interrupted by 4 of her former students, who present a silly version of the nativity play written by one of the sister’s best students. After their play, we soon discover each has been deeply wounded by the sister’s fanatically strict teaching. This confrontation builds in emotion and tension before exploding in an absurd, nihilistic, and unsettling dénouement. The play is viciously satirical, but also troubling, the audience should be laughing out loud but also slightly appalled that they are.

Sister Mary Ignatius… Characters

Ideally, Sister Mary would appear believably older than her ex-students, and I would prefer to cast a child actor as Thomas (female or male), but I am not tied to a particular age for the actors, please don’t let an age discrepancy stop you for auditioning for any particular role.

Characters

  • Sister Mary Ignatius – (mid 40s to mid 60s ish) intense and powerful presence, very sincere in her faith. Has no doubt.
  • Thomas – (7) a current star student of the Sister. Parrots catechism with eerie innocence.
  • Gary Sullavan – (late 20s – early 30s) – ex student of the sister. Gay and practising Catholic, emotionally mature.
  • Diane Symonds – (late 20s – early 30s) – ex student of the sister. Serious, plain-spoken, distant and disaffected, disguising deep hurt. Has given up her faith.
  • Philomena Rostovich – (late 20s – early 30s) – ex student of the sister. Sweet, nervous, and shy. Vulnerable. Still Catholic.
  • Aloysius Busiccio – (late 20s – early 30s) – ex student of the sister. Blunt. Depressed alcoholic. Still Catholic.