Cat On The Fiddle

A farce by John Dole.

Performed by STADS at St. Teilo’s Church Hall, Bishopston on May 10th, 11th & 12th, 1973. Tickets cost 20p, children 10p, OAPs Thursday only 10p.

Performed again by STADS in 1990.


The scene, the Abbotts’ small, unattractive, rented flat in London, over two days in spring. As David’s Italian penpal, Mario, is coming to stay, his wife Kate goes to her mother’s so that they can practise their languages in peace. When the penpal turns out to be a shapely brunette named Maria David is in big trouble, not least because Maria has smuggled in a packet of diamonds. The flat is soon besieged with assorted gangsters, a lady plumber, a curate, the police and an angry Kate!


  • Beryl West

Cast (in order of appearance)

  • ‘David Abbott’ ~ Brian Shaw
  • ‘Kate Abbott’ ~ Brenda Jones
  • ‘Mrs MacWhimble’ ~ Dorothy Morris
  • ‘Mrs Scott’ ~ Patricia Rowley
  • Taxi driver ~ Sidney West
  • Visitor (‘Maria’) ~ Anita McNamara
  • ‘Cuthbert Fortescue’ ~ Michael Shaw
  • ‘Arturo Cellini’ ~ Peter Preece
  • ‘Mrs Bottle’ ~ Margaret Lloyd
  • Policeman ~ Will Payne
  • Policewoman ~ Jacqueline Baskerville


  • Stage Manager ~ John Lloyd
  • Assistant ~ Derek Humphreys
  • Lighting ~ David Powell
  • Props ~ Pat Quick, Jacqueline Baskerville
  • Make-up ~ Pam Taylor