A Cat and Mouse Act are a theatre company based in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Established since June 2013, they are performing their inaugural drama production of Paper Dolls at the Etcetera Theatre as part of the Camden Fringe Festival in August 2014, and at Bedford's Place Theatre in September 2014.
Their first piece PAPER DOLLS got a five star review from Female Arts
This all-female company have devised and collaborated equally to produce this piece. Each of the team is an experienced actress in her own right, with national and international tours, off-West End directing and choreography of international touring productions between them. A shared interest in the lives and desires of women, past, present and future has inspired them to create together. Intrigued by the unity of women in the Suffrage movement, they have named themselves after the controversial parliamentary decision of 1913, which diverted attempts at female hunger strikes in prisons and thereby ending the practice of horrific force feeding endured by the Suffragettes, known commonly as A Cat and Mouse Act.
Paper Dolls is inspired by the plight of the Suffragettes, and the actions of 'Slasher' Mary Richardson. These 'terrorists in bloomers' make us ask: have attitudes to women changed in the 100 years since the WW1 outbreak? Physical theatre intertwined with first hand material and plays by eminent actresses of Edwardian Britain. A mixture of comedy and drama, this production is guaranteed to leave audience members with thought provoking questions.
Paper Dolls is interspersed with original extracts from satirical and witty comedy plays written by Suffrage actresses and their supporters from the Edwardian period, allowing for a juxtaposition between sharp high wit and dark, thought-provoking choreography. Mixing physical theatre with first hand material and original song, A Cat and Mouse Act invite you to reflect on the need for such extreme violence perpetrated by and against women, which came to an abrupt halt with the outbreak of WW1. Since then, have the attitudes towards women and their ‘rightful place’ come as far as they could?