“This is not a pantomime; there’ll be no singing, dames, or cheesy punchlines. This is the story of people who tried to thrive, but exist in a bleak world, where to live is to barely survive. You've heard of Dick Whittington, of rags to riches fame, but his success was not his own to claim. This is Cat’s story- a tale for our century- asking if those who have nothing, can someday something be.”
‘Cat and Her Whittington' is a piece of new writing by Gabrielle Finnegan premiering at SparkFest 2021. After performing in a tour of Dick Whittington in December 2020 she began to notice the social implications and was incentivised to write a new version of the traditional folk tale to highlight the social injustices in the UK; Dick Whittington is a lie, sold to you to make you think you can achieve your dreams; you can, but first, we have to get out of the nightmare.
We're bringing the classic folk tale into the 21st century through fanciful realism. Cat and her Whittington invites an audience the issues facing working class people today and tells the story of what it’s like to be failed by the system we live in.
Gabreille Finnegan - Writer:
Gabrielle is a writer, actor, director and Bath Spa University Alumni of the BA Acting and MA Scriptwriting courses. Her recent writing credits include ‘Flames’ featured in ‘Coven’ at SparkFest Digital 2020 and on BBC Upload Bristol, Series 2 of the Mind Magicians Podcast, and Greedy Pig Theatre Company's ‘The Last Thing He Saw Was a Ferret’ and their recently Arts Council England funded show ‘Be’
Lucy Brown - Director:
This show see's the professional directing debut of Bath Spa Drama Studies BA Alumni Lucy Brown. Her love of production, directing, performance, and media saw her co-direct 'The Heist'- a bank robbery gone wrong comedy- and 'The Last Crimson Ball'- an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's 'Red Shoes'- which was performed in Bath's Saint John Evangalist Church. This show sees Lucy's professional directing debut.
Holly Jefferies - Producer:
CAHW is being produced by Holly Jefferies who is a current MA Creative Producing student and past BA Drama Studies and Psychology student at Bath Spa University. Holly’s experience includes fulfilling arts administration roles for the Ustinov Studio at the Theatre Royal Bath and for Wise Children’s The School for Wise Children summer programme. Recent creative projects and shows include Coven at SparkFest Digital 2020 and Polly Teale’s ‘Jane Eyre’ at Bath Spa University Theatre, and Greedy Pig Theatre Company’s upcoming ‘The Fish Cage’.
Where will the money go?
Your donations will go help this production come to life! Here's some of the areas you'll be able to help us out with:
- Making sure all of our cast and creatives are paid for their hard work.
- Props to bring our set to life.
- Marketing to spread the word.
- Paying any venue and technical fees.
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