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On from 11 Jun 2007 till 01 Jul 2007
King's Head Theatre
by William Mastrosimone
Genre(s): Drama

About: Cat's-Paw



- written by William Mastrosimone – inspired by true-life events
- produced by New Line Maverick Stage Productions
- directed by Noah Lee Margetts
- first performed by The Seattle Repertory Company

" ***** This smart, gripping play couldn’t seem more apposite for our times… William Mastrosimone’s script is never less than rigorously intelligent and scalpel sharp” – TimeOut, London (June 2007)

“A grabber” – Seattle Times
“Entertaining, informative, thoughtful and scary” – The Weekly, Seattle

cat's-paw |ˌkøts ˈpɔ|
noun : a person who is used by another, typically to carry out an unpleasant or dangerous task

When does a right cause go wrong? With the world’s water supply in real danger, who pulls the plug on industrial polluters – and how? Is a bad action still wrong if it’s for the greater good? And who decides?

Cat’s-Paw is a major work centring on the story of a group of radicalised activists out to “shock and awe” the world into stopping the polluters of the Earth’s fresh water. How far must the planet’s eco-warriors collude with the global business of news reportage, and what about peace, love and loyalty? This absorbing, gripping piece sparkles with purists and cynics caught in a cradle of conflict between hope and realism. Hope for a fresh, clean and honourable world. But when the dirty work is done, who cleans up?

With 11 people already dead and collusion between the eco-warriors and a TV news reporter becoming increasingly tense, a new wave of violence crashes them to an explosive and damning end.

The storyline of Cat’s-Paw was inspired by true-life events.


Based in Pennsylvania, William Mastrosimone made his professional debut with The Woolgatherer in 1981. Since then, he has gathered award after award for films, TV series and stage plays – including most recently a Golden Globe nomination for Steven Spielberg’s 2005 production of Into the West (which itself was nominated for 16 Emmys and is coming to the BBC this year). He wrote Cat’s-Paw in 1984, re-drafting it to its currrent form in 1996. The play is performed often in the US; this London performance is its European premiere.
THE SHOW ALSO FEATURES the world premiere of a new short film on a complementary theme:
SuiCycle: A Life for a Story – written by Noah Lee Margetts from a concept by Elliot Kay, and produced by Flashlight in the Jungle Film Productions.

- co-star with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in Stephen King’s 1408, (22 June release USA, 24 August UK); co-star with Michelle Pfeiffer in Amy Heckerling’s I Could Never Be Your Woman (15 June 2007 release USA); featured baddie in Batman Begins with Cristian Bale, Cillian Murphy and Katie Holmes; co-star with Brian Dennehy and Clare Higgins in Robert Falls’ 2005 West End production of Death of a Salesman.

- as Debbie Scaling Kiley in Channel 4’s Alive: Swimming with Sharks; co-star with Tracey Ulman, Selma Blair and Chris Isaak in New Line Cinema’s A Dirty Shame; co-star with Sissy Spacek and William Hurt in Disney’s Tuck Everlasting; featured in BBC mini-series Superstorm.

KENNETH JAY – David Darling
- as Henry James in BBC’s HG Wells: At War With The World; as Harry Truman in the BBC’s Hiroshima; star of Theatre of Eternal Values’ European tour of The Imaginary Invalid; many West End appearances including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman, as above, and Indian Ink.
- first appeared at The King’s Head in 1985!

- as Jessica in Union Theatre’s Merchant of Venice; as a news reporter in ITV’s The Bill; Is Harry on the Boat? for Sky; roles in nine short films within the last year.
Assistant director: Ellie Joseph.
Props: Adrian Stuart Gee.
Costumes: Tansy Blaik.
Graphics: Peter Curzon.
PR: Geraldine Hill at flying monkey.
Weapon, combat and munitions training: Bob Spour, ex-SAS soldier, now founder/director of SAS Survival, Hereford –
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES : 11 June–1 July 2007
* Monday-Friday: 3pm – except Monday 25 June, when the show starts at 1pm
* Saturday-Sunday: 12 noon
* previews: 11-13 June
* press preview: 14 June (3pm)
* Previews: £10 all tickets
* All other shows: £12.50 (£10 concs)
* Groups of 10 get a further two free tickets / groups of 20 get four free (concessions still apply)
* Groups of 20+ – prices on application – big discounts on application to the box office


" ***** This smart, gripping play couldn’t seem more apposite for our times… William Mastrosimone’s script is never less than rigorously intelligent and scalpel sharp... Among a strong cast, Kosha Engler is a dynamic, credible news hack, while Noah Lee Margetts – as Victor, the eco-warrior – manages to sustain menace while simultaneously exploiting the dark comedy of an activist who will sacrifice anything to achieve his ends" – TimeOut, London (June 2007)

“A grabber” – Seattle Times

“Entertaining, informative, thoughtful and scary” – The Weekly, Seattle

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