Cheshire Cats

by  Gail Young

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 7f

"A genuinely funny and even touching ensemble piece" - Edinburgh Fringe review, The Scotsman"Moving, emotional, poignant, and best of all it makes you laugh..." - Chester Chronicle

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Cheshire Cats

by  Gail Young

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Fringe Sell Out Show 2006
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Grown women, aching feet and heaving bosoms! Follow the Cheshire Cats team as they speedwalk their way to fundraising success in the London Moonwalk. Hilary, Siobhan, Yvonne, Vicky and Maggie are attempting to walk 13 miles across the capital in record time in their decorated bras and posh new trainers, but the 6th member of the team doesn't seem to meet the physical criteria! Cheshire Cats is a cross between a girls night out and a real mission to support a cause close to many hearts, with plenty of laughs and a few tears along the way

 

See www.cheshirecats.org.uk and www.gailyoungplaywright.com for more information and production shots

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Reviews

"A genuinely funny and even touching ensemble piece" - Edinburgh Fringe review, The Scotsman

"Moving, emotional, poignant, and best of all it makes you laugh..." - Chester Chronicle

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A park; Chester Train Station; London.

  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 7f

HILARY - bombastic, middle-aged team leader/organizer.
SIOBHAN - caring and diplomatic. Old friend of Hilary.
YVONNE - overworked/overweight stressed-out mum and friend of Hilary.
MAGGIE - overweight younger mum.
VICKY - artistic, fit, glamorous middle-aged divorcee.
ANDREW - trim toyboy.
AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR - may be played by person playing ANDREW in the version of the play for 6 characters.
HANDSOME DRUNK - may be played by person playing ANDREW in the version of the play for 6 characters.
MADGE - elderly cockney marshall, can double up with the person playing SIOBHAN or HILARY in the version of the play for 6 characters.
ETHEL - elderly cockney marshall, can double up with the person playing SIOBHAN or HILARY in the version of the play for 6 characters.

Additional characters for the ensemble version of the play:
POLICEMAN, can double with HANDSOME DRUNK if required.
RON, elderly cockney marshall, married to Madge.
MARSHALLS, between 2 and 5 needed.
PHOTOGRAPHERS, at least 2 needed, preferably male.
RADIO VOICE

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

This play was originally written and performed as an ensemble piece for 11 people, but to accommodate smaller casts, and to allow for the financial constraints that often face professional theatrical productions, the script has been revised so that it can be performed either as an ensemble piece or with a cast of just 6 with some doubling and trebling of parts. To accommodate both cast sizes there are two versions of Act III in the script.

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Authors

Gail Young

Gail Young has directed and acted with community theatre groups for many years in the Chester and Wirral area of NW England. She turned her hand to writing in 2005, and took her first full length play 'Cheshire Cats' to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006 with Guilden Sutton Players. The production was a 'Fringe Sell Out Show ...

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First performed by Guilden Sutton Players at Guilden Sutton village hall in November 2005, and subsequently performed by Guilden Sutton Players at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2006.

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