During summer 2018, LAStheatre began developing a new show inspired by the children’s book ‘The Story of Mrs Lovewright and Purrless her Cat’ by Lore Segal. The process took place in collaboration with 4 schools, a Home Ed group and local families from the Folkestone area. Parents/carers, teachers and children had an active voice in the creation of the work through a series of workshops with the creative team.
LAStheatre then took up residency at the Folkestone Quarterhouse for a two week R&D with two circus performers, a musician and a puppeteer. Our local collaborators visited the rehearsal space to see how the project was developing and had another opportunity to feed into the creative process.
The Story of Mrs Lovewright and Purrless her Cat follows a widow who is lonely and wants a cat to cuddle and stroke, one that purrs and will sit on her knee. However, when the cat arrives, it doesn’t do these things. Together they struggle through their preconceived ideas of what life together should be like until they find a love that is right for both.
The book raises important issues for audiences, young and old. For adults it touches on preconceived ideas of parenthood and relationships, whilst for children it raises the important discussion of consent and personal choice.
This R&D was made possible by support from: