Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse

In 2019 Kitty: Queen of the Washhouse played to sell out audiences in the Concert Room of St George’s Hall.

She went on a Rural tour and visited the location of her former Washhouse, now a Primary school in L1, St Vincent de Paul.

In 2020, she’s coming home.

ArtsGroupie presents, “KITTY: Queen of the Washhouse” a celebration of one of our own famed Liverpudlians, Kitty Wilkinson (1786–1860), whose community efforts for public hygiene helped stem the outbreak of cholera, leading to the opening of the first combined washhouse and public baths in the United Kingdom.

A pioneer that many people know of but may not comprehend her dramatic life story. It highlights the importance of working within a community in a time where more and more people are becoming socially isolated. Technologically we can connect with people on the other side of the world, yet we sometimes don’t talk to our closest neighbours.

In 2019 the play was performed here in Liverpool in Schools, including St. Vincent de Paul, the site of her original washhouse and Broad Square – to over 1500 primary school pupils, two standing ovations in the small concert room and a rural tour. 3032 theatre-goers are all better informed about the great lady and hopefully inspired.

Now we are bringing the production back! And will go on to perform in London and New York City.

Production Credits

ArtsGroupie CIC, the team that brought you WEAVE, the dark satire on social media and the beauty industry, presents this alternative herstory story starring Sam Walton as Catherine Wilkinson (Kitty), Directed by Margaret Connell, Written by John Maguire Sound/Lighting, Peter Mitchelson, Puppet Design Loz Lee and Karen Melia, Kitty Statue photography, Daniel Ryder.


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