Blackwater Valley Fit Up | 24th Jan - 18th Feb 2024

Written & Directed by: Erica Murray

Performed by: Eimear O’Riordan, Niamh Denyer and Sarah Madden

Age Suitability: 14+

Running Time: 60min –  no interval

The Cat’s Mother is a dark comedy asking how far you are willing to go for your own family?

Two Irish sisters battle to decide the fate of their mother. Younger sister, Sinead, arrives on Friday evening all set for what Ciara thinks will be a weekend of respite from caring for their mother, Eileen. Unbeknownst to Ciara, Sinead has alternative ideas about how the weekend will go. 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 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?


★★★★  ‘As clever as it is funny, Murray’s play presents this dilemma as a dementing force of its own.’ – The Irish Times


Erica Murray is originally from County Limerick, Ireland. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin. She was a member of the Soho Young Writer’s Group and the New Playwright’s Programme at The Lyric Theatre, Belfast where she developed All Mod Cons. This year she is one of the recipients of the Channel Four Playwright’s Bursary Scheme Award supported by The Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Her first play The Cat’s Mother was long-listed for the Verity Bargate Award, it premiered in 2018 and toured to Underbelly at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Dublin Fringe Festival where it won the Fishamble Award for Best New Writing.

Dates & Venues

Mon July 29th 2019 – 1:00 pm
Skibbereen Town Hall
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Tue July 30th 2019 – 7:30 pm
Island Cottage Gallery*
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Wed July 31st 2019 – 8:00 pm
Kilcrohane Community Hall
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Thu August 1st 2019 – 8:00 pm
Timoleague Community Hall
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Fri August 2nd 2019 – 8:00 pm
Bank House Whiddy Island*
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Sat August 3rd 2019 – 8:00 pm
Rerrin Lecture Theatre*
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Sun August 4th 2019 – 8:00 pm
Ballydehob Community Hall
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Please note: tickets available on the door and doors open 30min before show start time.