Lisa is telling her daughter Katie what she can see outside. She is explaining about the people sitting on deckchairs outside their own houses. Just a couple outside each house. It’s sunny and the people are looking at the sun.

Lisa tells her about the rainbows. A4 paper stuck on the insides of windows. Katie wants to know about the colours.

Alex and Jamie meet in the street. Jamie asks Alex about his run. They talk about Katie having a scan. It’s the first time we realise that Katie is ill.

The story develops as more people come together. People who rarely spoke to each before. There is birdsong. Alex and Jamie are talking about the caterpillars in pots on the windowsill and how they are hoping for butterflies.

After everything that happened in 2020, this play shows us how we can find community in adversity. Very current and poignant. A beautiful play.

Hoping for Butterflies was written and directed by @lid_ear_kenny, who also composed and performed all the music AND edited it together.

Written by Lydia Kenny @lid_ear_kenny
With Maisie Carter @mc_combat
Danielle Lade @ladeington 
Ashley Shiers
Kieran Mortell
Emmeline Braefield @ebraefield
Robert Penny @robertpenny1

About Cat on a Piano

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

And if you really enjoyed Hoping for Butterflies, listen to Theatrephonic’s other plays and short stories and consider becoming a patron by clicking here…

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