Kilkeel RNLI crew member and beach lifeguard supervisor, treads the boards
Jason Nugent, Kilkeel RNLI crew member and beach lifeguard supervisor, treads the boards in Belfast and Bangor theatres.
Jason starred as the lead in Marble Productions’ take on Michael McDonagh’s 2003 play The Pillowman in Belfast on 8 and 9 February and in Bangor on 16 February. His love affair with the stage began with his time at Kilkeel High School and continued whilst at university.
The Pillowman audience is taken on a ‘dark, gritty journey’ which is interspersed with humour and wit.
There are just four characters in the play, with Jason the only one to appear throughout the entire two-and-a-half-hour show.
Speaking afterwards Jason said ‘It was my most challenging role to date due to the sensitivity of the content and level of emotion required.’
On Jason’s return to duty at the station John Fisher, Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: ‘We are proud of Jason’s acting abilities. He will be taking part in other productions with Marble Productions and we wish him well for those performances.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.