Teddies, wine and microwave meals – the rehearsal images for My Name is Cathy paint a picture of trying to comfort yourself, which is unsurprising given the play follows a teacher looking back at when everything went wrong. Book your tickets now.
Andrew Sharpe‘s play, which is staged by KatAlyst Productions, runs at the Chapel Playhouse as part of Camden Fringe from 16 to 18 August 2019.
As Cathy celebrates her 50th birthday alone, she recalls events of the past 15 years. We meet her younger self, who has it all – perfect family and successful career – but tends to confuse rudeness with efficiency and is already on borrowed time. The bank of life forecloses and her world unravels, as her once perfect personal life and glittering career are put in jeopardy by poor life choices, farcical situations and no-win deals created with casual indifference by the men in her life.
Cathy’s unravelling is honest and painful to witness as she is crushed by those that she held the closest, ignoring her heroic endeavour and promulgating the brutal fallacy of a woman out of her depth, a bad mother and worse teacher.
Ultimately life affirming and triumphant Cathy, a fallen superwoman faces down her demons as she confronts her worst enemies in this terrifying, honest and hilarious absurdist farce for our time.
Cathy is played by both Kat-Anne Rogers (as the older Cathy) and Sally Paffett (younger Cathy), while Edwin Flay takes all the male roles. My Name is Cathy is directed by Velenzia Spearpoint, Artistic Director of the Chapel Playhouse’s sister venue Bread and Roses Theatre.
This year’s Camden Fringe features an eclectic line-up of 300 different productions. Joining My Name is Cathy in the London fringe festival are productions including Kafka adaptation Red Peter, spy comedy Agent 14, tale of ambition The Last King of Porn and story about social media and adultery, Letting Go.
My Name is Cathy runs at the Chapel Playhouse, 308-312 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8DP from 16 to 18 August 2019 with performances Friday 9pm, Saturday 5pm & 8.30pm, Sunday 8.30pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Full festival programme
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