Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse
St Georges Hall
Saturday 16th March @ 3pm and 7:30pm
ArtsGroupie presents Kitty Queen of the Washhouse. A play by John Maguire, starring Sam Alton as our Kitty and directed by Margaret Connell.
The play KITTY: Queen of the Washhouse is one that celebrates one of our own famed Liverpudlians, Kitty Wilkinson (1786–1860), whose community efforts for public hygiene helped stem the outbreak of cholera, leading to the opening of the first combined washhouse and public baths in the United Kingdom. A pioneer that many people know of but may not comprehend her dramatic life story. It will highlight the importance of working within a community in a time where more and more people are becoming socially isolated. Technologically we can connect with people on the other side of the world, yet we sometimes don’t talk to our closest neighbours.
This play will appeal to those who want to see a strong female character, it is suitable for all, from children aged 7 and above right up to adults.
The piece will be told by KITTY’s statue, come to life as a friendly ghost. It is a highly animated portrayal and physical performance, as KITTY relays her fascinating ‘against all odds’ story of how she has become the only female statue in St George’s Hall. The audiences will leave with KITTY’s “I can” philosophy. They might also accept her challenge to help get more female statues in St George’s Hall and gardens!
History lovers, local, national and international, feminists, those from Irish backgrounds and Liverpudlians will all have a natural connection with this theatre piece. We will also provide a sign language specialist (in costume) at the 3pm performance, to enable those with hearing impairment to fully engage with Kitty’s story.
We want people to feel like they understand how Liverpool was in the 1830s. We want them to feel like they have totally immersed in Kitty’s life story and have a deeper understanding of the political, social climate she lived in. We want them to feel inspired at how Kitty kept on going when faced with adversity. We want her resilience to serve as a catalyst to inspire people to be the best version of themselves and to take a little bit of Kitty’s attitude away with them from the evening.
ArtsGroupie, has previously produced plays for the Shiny New Festival, WriteNow Festival and Manchester Pride. Our company champions, local social history and the LGBTQA+ community.
“It’s not just HIS story it’s also HER story.”
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‘An animated portrayal, entertaining and thought-provoking’ – North West End
Book online at www.ticketquarter.co.uk/Online/kitty-queen-of-the-washhouse
Or call the Ticket Quarter booking line: 0344 8000 410 (operating 9am-9pm Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sun)
Tickets from £11.00 – £13.20 including administration fee.
Performances at 7.30pm or matinee 3pm.
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Trailer credit to Avengers Media with special thanks.
And with special thanks to Arts Council England.