Skin A Cat

The McCarthyTheatre

An alternative coming of age story about going all the way.

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19 October - 20 October 2018
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Every teenager thinks they’re the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. Every time she gets close to doing it something just seems to get in the way… Soon she can’t help wondering is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to be this complicated. 

With a kaleidoscope of off kilter characters, Skin A Cat follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman. Whatever that means…

Winner of the VAULT Festival’s Pick of the Year Award and nominated for four Off-West End Awards including Best New Play, Skin A Cat is an alternative coming of age story about going all the way.


"avoids becoming an issue piece, becoming an altogether more interesting mediation on difference and the crushing pressure to be what is considered normal in a highly sexualised culture."
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

"Skin A Cat should be compulsory viewing for under 25s. Scratch that. It should be compulsory viewing for everyone." 
Fergus Morgan, Theatre Critic

★★★★
"Hilarious, it’s also refreshingly honest and open... there’s something so rousing and refreshing about the whole production; this is bold and genuinely exciting new writing." 
Natasha Tripney, The Stage 

★★★★
"Wise, Educational and funny."
Tim Bano, Timeout  

★★★★★
“As well as intense, purposeful and poignant, Lynn’s writing is also very, very funny. It’s that precisely balanced…A pivotal piece of contemporary theatre.”
Miro Magazine

★★★★
“a witty, tender play”
Financial Times

★★★★
“Masterfully done…Skin a Cat is a quiet revelation…a glorious, hopeful and eye-opening experience"
The List

★★★★
“This young woman's coming-of-age story is both heartfelt and excruciatingly funny…Skin a Cat still feels absolutely vital, the type of play I needed to see when I was 15”
Fest Mag Review

★★★★
“Funny, heartwarming and painfully relatable”
Three Weeks

★★★★
"Important, educational and at times excruciating, Skin A Cat is an essential watch."
Broadway World


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

dates

Friday 19 October 2018, 7.45pm

Saturday 20 October 2018, 7.45pm

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