Cat and Infants
Cat has been specialising in infants since 1997, when she began touring schools with her hugely popular TIG TAG playground games workshop. As a storyteller, she has toured several infant shows: ONCE UPON A RHYME (fairy tales) BEAR TALES (stories and facts about bears, with gorgeous bear puppets and toys) SHINE! (stories about light, to complement Divali, Hannukah and Christmas) TALES FROM FROZEN LANDS (polar puppets and stories) UNDER A BIG BLUE SKY (summer sessions with stories and playground games) THE MAGIC LUNCHBOX (healthy eating themed stories) and the ever popular WORLD TALES. She is very kind and playful, takes great care in her choice of material, presentation and pacing, and little ones respond extremely well.
'The children loved you SO much!
Reception Class teacher, Bromsgrove Pre-Prep School
Cat has been a professional performer for more than twenty five years. She studied Drama at the University of Hull and began her career as an actor, spent several years as a singer then moved into arts in education. In 1997 she discovered storytelling and, championed by the Hay Festival, she quickly established herself as one of the most exciting and distinctive voices in British storytelling.
Cat is truly an international performer. She has performed in Africa and India; in Kazakhstan, Singapore and Saudi Arabia for the British Council; in Thailand and widely across Europe. She tells in English and works with ages 3 to adult.
She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the land, including the South Bank Centre and the Barbican Pit in London, and St David’s Hall in Cardiff – where she told stories to 1400 children!
In education, Cat began her career with Pentabus Theatre Company then formed her own Cat & Company in 1997 to specialise in workshops and performances for schools. Over the years, she has worked with thousands of children in hundreds of schools and enjoyed residencies as both a storyteller and a visual artist. Cat is an acknowledged expert on contemporary playground games and her book Primary Playground Games is published by Scholastic.
On television, Cat has been a guest presenter on Carlton’s Heart of the Country. On radio, she has made recordings for Radio France and performed live for two million listeners on Radio 4’s flagship arts programme Front Row. She has also told stories on Radio Three’s The Verb, Radio 7’s Big Toe Show and Go For It! and numerous local radio stations.
As a writer, Cat has had three children’s novels published by Puffin – Barkbelly, Snowbone and Wild Magic. She has also written books for Pont (Jaco the Leek) and Caterpillar Books (By Lantern Light) Cat occasionally writes for adults, including a short story for primetime Radio 4 and pieces for The Times.
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