Two Irish sisters battle it out to decide the fate of their mother.
Ciara’s younger sister, Sinead, arrives at her door on Friday evening all set for what Ciara thinks will be a weekend of respite from caring for their mother, Eileen. However, unbeknownst to Ciara, Sinead has alternative ideas about how the weekend will go. And it is not what Ciara expected…
Over the long weekend, Ciara is forced to make a choice that will affect their lives forever. She seeks guidance from a variety of other characters often gaining hilarious insight – but does it help her reach their final decision?
Oh, and there’s also the small matter of the family cat…
The Cat’s Mother is a dark Irish comedy asking how far are you willing to go for your own family? And what happens when you have to care for the person who should be caring for you?
Longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and written while on the Soho Young Writers Lab, The Cat’s Mother is Erica Murray’s London debut.
Originally from County Limerick, Erica holds an MFA in Playwriting from The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin. Her first play Bunk premiered at DU Players Society and went on to win Best Original Writing at the Irish Student Drama Awards in 2012. She wrote a short play Baggage for the Abbey Theatre’s Peacock Scratch night in 2015 and it has subsequently been performed by Blue Heart Theatre Company in Dublin and Brighton. She has been a member of the Young Writer’s Lab at Soho Theatre and the inaugural New Playwright’s Programme at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Jackie is a theatre director and workshop facilitator. After studying at Sheffield Hallam University she went on to be an Assistant Director at Sheffield Crucible and worked alongside Sheffield People’s Theatre. Credits as Director include, Spill Your Guts Here at the Edinburgh Fringe, which was long listed for BBC writers room. She has worked across the London fringe, including the Finborough Theatre as both Assistant Director and Movement Director. She is also a member of the Young Vic Directors Programme and took part in the Young Vic Springboard Course earlier this year.
A Set Designer from Dublin. Since completing her MFA in Stage Design in The Lir in 2016 she has designed over a dozen shows including; Dummy The Peacock DFF, Close to the Sun Smock Alley DFF, Minding Frankie Gaeity Theatre Dublin and recently was Associate Designer on Ulysses directed by Graham McLaren in The Abbey Ireland’s National Theatre.
CEO & Co-Artistic Director of Wildcard.
Producer – After Party (The Pleasance, Islington), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre / The Broadway Theatre, Catford)
Training – The Oxford School of Drama