Pity About Kitty

by  Jimmie Chinn

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

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…

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Pity About Kitty

by  Jimmie Chinn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration


    40 minutes
  • SubGenre


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    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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''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.

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


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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License details

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



  • 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


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


1m, 3f
M1 (middle-age) F3 (40s)
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Casting Notes

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




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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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.

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