Founded in 1997 by Don Brown, The Cat's Grin Theatre Company has built a strong reputation for delivering energetic, imaginative and highly humorous productions, where the children's involvement is crucial to the overall impact of the show. Audience participation is a vital ingredient to the fluency and the understanding of each story presented by Cat's Grin, and we pride ourselves on really making the children feel a part of our shows.
The Cat's Grin Theatre Company takes particular pride in its original scripts - adapting classic literature in such a way that serves both author and audience is a delicate operation, but we believe that the wonderful relationship the Company has enjoyed with so many schools, theatres and special events over the years is a testament to Don and Cat's Grin's mastery of this "delicate operation." The scripts are very carefully constructed ensuring that stories and characters, humour and drama are perfectly pitched to appeal at every age level, from 4 years and up.
As well as their ongoing workshops and performances in schools, Cat's Grin has performed for and with many diverse venues and special events, including -
The Isle of Wight Literary Festival (Tales from Shakespeare)
Children's Theatre Festival, Norwich (The Wind in the Willows)
Richmond & Barnes Open Air Children's Theatre (Aesop's Fables)
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (includes The Happy Prince & The Selfish Giant, A Christmas Carol, Goldilocks & Friends, The Elves & the Shoemaker, The Snow Queen).
In 2018, Cat's Grin was selected to present their original version of The Wind in the Willows in the grounds of the Odney Club & Hotel in Cookham, where Kenneth Grahame lived as a child. It is believed Toad Hall was based on the Odney Club, a private home in Grahame's day.
Between 1997 – 2012, Cat's Grin provided the theatrical theme for the annual Midsummer Fantasy for Schools Week at Painshill Park in Surrey. Productions included The Wizard of Oz, The Labours of Hercules, Tales from Shakespeare, Around the World in 80 Days and Those Tudor Days & Knights. The Company returned in 2019 with a series of performances of Alice, Willows & - for Halloween - Tales from the Enchanted Forest.
Since 2013 Cat's Grin has presented Pop Up Shakespeare – short, family friendly adaptations of Shakespeare's work – around the gardens at Polesden Lacey, the National Trust property in Surrey.
Meet The Cast
We are proud of our talented actors, and we would love for you to get to know them. Each of our performers is from a different and unique dramatic background and brings something special to the Cat's Grin team.
All of our performers are DBS checked and share a wealth of experience when it comes to entertaining and educating young audiences.
Don Brown trained at Richmond Drama School and gained a BA in Theatre Studies and Education at The University of Surrey.
Previous roles include: Title roles in Henry V (Nomad Theatre) & Macbeth (British Council Tour of Palestine); Oberon, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing; Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew (Polesden Lacey Open Air Theatre); Alfred, Batman & Robin – the Last Re-run (Bloomsbury Theatre); Michael Bentine – Spike (Battersea Arts Centre, also co-wrote & produced); Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Green Room Theatre); Astrov, Uncle Vanya (Charles Cryer Studio Theatre).
Don is co-founder of The Visitor Enhancement Experience Company for whom he devises & presents site specific dramatic interpretations around real people and events in the stories of historic venues.
Becky is a graduate of the Foundation course at RADA. Before joining The Cat's Grin Theatre Company three years ago, she worked as a character performer at Disneyland Paris.
With Cat's Grin, Becky's many roles have included Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz", Hermione in "The Winter's Tale", The Hen in "The Little Red Hen" & Cat in "The Adventures of Pinocchio". Favourite roles with other companies include: Hermia in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and June in "A Matter of Life & Death" (Archway Theatre); Wendy in "Peter Pan" and Cosette in "Les Miserables" (YESOS) and, most recently, Flaminius in "Timon of Athens" (RADA).
Elodie has been acting for over 10 years, recent highlights including playing Varya in "The Cherry Orchard" and Miranda in "The Collector" (The Archway Theatre), Clarissa in "Little Light" (The South London Theatre Company), Cassius in "Julius Caesar" (Pitchy Breath Theatre Company) and Ariel in "The Tempest" (Polesden Lacey Shakespeare). Elodie has been with Cat's Grin for around 2 years.
When Elodie isn't acting, they can be found writing or directing with various theatre companies, including The Archway Theatre and Pitchy Breath. They also improvise with the Dingbats Improv House Team.
Suzanna has been acting for twenty years, and is currently touring “Choice Grenfell” and “Much Ado About Falstaff”, with Kick In The Head Theatre Productions.
Some favourite roles include Suhir in “Salaam Bethlehem” (Riding Lights Theatre Company, York/touring), Mrs Micawber in “The Micawbers” (King’s Head/English Theatre of Bruges), Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Tight Fit Theatre, Wycombe Swan), and performing with the Cat’s Grin Theatre Company, of course.
Suzanna has written a play, ‘Eat Me’, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.
Amy is a graduate from The University for the Creative Arts with a BA in Acting and Performance. She is the co-founder of Own the Space Theatre Company, here she produced a verbatim show called The Grenfell Project which showed at The Bread and Rose's Theatre and The Hope Theatre.
Before lockdown Amy had been touring Italy, encouraging children to learn English through theatre.
Credits include The Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland" (Colourhouse Children’s Theatre), Puss in "Puss in Boots" (The Phoneix Arts and Theatre Centre) and Annie in "All My Sons" (The Maltings).