WHO GETS THE CAT? by Sandy Truman


‘Who Gets the Cat?’ is a comedy drama. It is a very funny, yet emotionally touching, drama that deals with issues particularly associated with people who are not in the first bloom of youth. The main character is (unusually) a woman of a certain age and the play focuses on her journey from rejection to renewal.

The plot is as follows:

Laurence, happily married to Samantha, starts to notice that he’s getting one grey hair too many and is beginning to pant when he climbs the stairs. 

His solution is to rejuvenate himself through the charms of a younger woman, but now there are four in the marriage – and one of them is the murderous moggy Biggles!

As Laurence copes with all the problems his new life throws up, including endless hours at the gym getting a six-pack, Samantha is left to grapple with his betrayal and her own renewal.

‘Who Gets the Cat?’ explores, with humour, the problems facing those in the third age, and the impact on family and friends.

The action takes place over a period of two years.

In the original production it was played in blacks and the dressing comprised of a light table and 3 high-backed dining chairs which convincingly made a sofa when put together. Music played whilst the table and chairs were moved between scenes to indicate different rooms. Props are easily available and the costume is modern dress.



Laurence: Theatre Director – a man of middle years

Samantha: Laurence’s wife – similar age

Edward: Laurence and Samantha’s son. A teacher – 30s

Zoe: Laurence and Samantha’s daughter. Between jobs – similar age

Heather: Laurence and Samantha’s friend – a woman of middle years

Bob: Laurence and Samantha’s next-door neighbour – a man of middle years

Bella: An actress – 20s



This play was written between December 2017 and June 2018. Its professional debut ran at The Lantern Theatre, Brighton from the 27th September 2018 and was produced by Bryteye Productions (www.bryteye.co.uk).



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