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Written by Erica Murray

Directed by Terry Darby

The Cats Mother. A Dark Comedy.

When the cats away the mice will play, well that’s how the saying goes. But, is that always the case….

Our cat is definitely away on a short break but I’m afraid the mice, or should I say sisters are definitely not in the mood for play.

Something must be done about their present situation, things are going from bad to worse. I mean, there’s the incontinence for a start, not to mention the occasional wandering away from home and then forgetting where exactly home is. It’s becoming embarrassing at times and certainly hard work, well for one of the sisters at least. Things have to change, perhaps we could have her put down…..what the cat?! No this discussion is not about the CAT.

The Cat’s Mother is a funny, moving play centring around two Irish sisters; Sinead and Ciara, who over the course of a weekend attempt to grapple with a morally-challenging decision surrounding their mother, whose early-onset dementia is proving too difficult to handle.

Lighting! You just wouldn’t believe how the dimmers worked. The dimmers in those days were large glass jars full of saline solution and they had metal plates… Evie Atkinson used to work them on strings. And they used to raise these out of the jars and the lights would dim.

Noel Baty
Describing the old primitive lighting

A good prompt will always know… usually you can tell by their eyes, because if someone really needs a prompt, the eyes go absolutely glazed and you can tell the stress…

If you prompt when they don’t want it – you are wrong. If you don’t prompt when they do want it – you are wrong. And if you do the job perfectly no one takes any notice of you and no one knows you are there, at all.

Sylvia May

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