by Erica Murray


Iron Belly, Underbelly Cowgate

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018


Winner of the 2018 Vault Festival Highly Commended Award and picked as one of The Stage's top five shows of the festival.

Two Irish sisters battle it out to decide the fate of their mother.

Ciara’s younger sister, Sinead, arrives at her door on Friday evening all set for what Ciara thinks will be a weekend of respite from caring for their mother, Eileen. However, unbeknownst to Ciara, Sinead has alternative ideas about how the weekend will go. And it is not what Ciara expected…

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 Irish 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?

Longlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and written while on the Soho Young Writers Lab, The Cat’s Mother is Erica Murray’s London debut.

Writer | Erica Murray

Director | Jackie Fisher

Producer | Joey Dawson 

Set Design | Ciara Murnane 

Lighting Design | Roma Brown

Costume Design | Hannah Hodge