2nd Feb 1915 · 27th Mar 1915 Podcast Storyline

Kitty in Tyneside

93 min Play story

Fleeing her own family in Folkestone Kitty takes baby Peter to stay with husband Victor’s relatives.

  1. 2nd February 1915

    Scene 1 of 5

    1. A disturbed night for the Wilsons

      Albert suggests they announce Peter's birth before the neighbours discover his existence

    2. What shall we do about Peter?

      Albert thinks giving birth has 'turned' Kitty: Kitty fears that once Peter's birth is known she will lose him to the Grahams

    3. Sylvia surprises Albert

      Albert tells Sylvia Peter has been born - any concern she feels at being left in the dark is overshadowed by the news he is a boy

    4. An empty house

      Concerned, Sylvia urges Albert to break down his own front door, until an embarrassed Florrie arrives

    5. Kitty is missing

      Kitty - who is possibly 'not right' after giving birth - has fled with Peter and the pound note Phyllis sent her

  2. 3rd February 1915

    Scene 1 of 6

    1. Kitty flees north

      Travelling north, an exhausted and upset Kitty is suspicious that even friendly strangers are trying to 'steal' Peter


    2. The north-south language barrier

      Kitty cannot understand the Geordie accent of the inspector who is trying to help her


    3. Kitty is confronted

      In her bid to stop someone 'stealing' Peter, Kitty finds herself accused of stealing him herself - and reacts resourcefully


    4. Kitty changes trains

      Fleeing further north, Kitty falls in with a Geordie family in a third-class compartment

    5. Refuge from the downpour

      An initially fearful Phyllis lets Kitty and Peter in from the storm

    6. Kitty at the end of her tether

      Since she can't stop him crying - and therefore lacks sleep - Kitty is convinced she is a bad mother

  3. 4th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. More family ties

      The Marshalls, who have a crying baby of their own, hear about Kitty's arrival from Phyllis

  4. 5th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. Young mothers compare notes

      It becomes clear how little the two women have in common - besides Folkestone landmarks

  5. 10th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. A discussion of class

      Intrigued, the ever-flirtatious Johnnie asks Kitty to teach him about the realities of working class life

  6. 12th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 2

    1. An outing with the baby

      Phyllis has old fashioned views on child rearing - while the tea room waitresses see new possibilities in work

    2. Peter makes his feelings felt

      The women plan to stay and discuss women working, but Peter demands to be fed

  7. 16th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. A nursery tea party

      After the tea party, something more serious is planned

    2. A dressing-up session

      Cressida subtly tries to improve Kitty's grammar and manners, while Kitty shows interest in modern household practices

    3. The day comes full circle

      A weary Geoffrey is in no mood to listen to Cressida's enthusiasms for committee work and christenings

  8. 25th February 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. An outing for Kitty

      Johnnie encourages Kitty to get out for a little, and leave Peter with Cressida, whose daughter Gussie is afflicted with "lassitude"

    2. Kitty at the factory

      Johnnie shows Kitty off to Fraser and the men as if to prove he has friends - indeed, relatives - from the working class

    3. An awkward meeting

      Johnnie's attempts to engineer a friendship between the women is a disaster

  9. 2nd March 1915

    Scene 1 of 4

    1. The morning after the eclipse

      Phyllis evades Kitty's questions about her sister

    2. The Graham clan arrive

      Sylvia and Gabriel seem in ebullient mood, with Sylvia enquiring after her nieces, including everyone's favourite, Gussie

    3. Kitty fears an omen

      Phyllis is surprised not only by Kitty's superstitions, but by her newly sophisticated vocabulary

    4. A surprise in the night

      The late night arrivals turn out to be the Wilsons, Adam included, who were delayed travelling to the christening

  10. 5th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 8

    1. Before the christening

      Florrie suspects Kitty is getting a little high and mighty

    2. A letter from Victor

      Kitty criticises her family for errors of etiquette

    3. The Wilsons admire Peter

      The Wilsons also discuss whether it's really desirable to go to heaven

    4. Adam the godfather

      The Wilsons' recollection of an exuberant Methodist beach baptism probably don't endear them to Phyllis

    5. At the chapel

      Adam is acutely aware that Peter's supposed birthright is a lie

    6. Albert nods off

      Adam plays his part and Peter is duly baptised

    7. Kitty's loyalties tested

      The conversation reveals that, although she may have taken on some of her family's trappings, Cressida does not regard Kitty as an equal

    8. A hasty departure

      Florrie lets it be known that she thinks Kitty has got above herself

  11. 12th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 2

    1. A shock for Kitty

      When Peter was picked up by a stranger, Kitty realises how she would miss him - an echo of Adeline's feeling for Victor

    2. Kitty is disturbed

      Kitty felt she was being watched and discovered footprints in the snow: it seems Adeline was staring at Peter

  12. 16th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. Kitty doubts her sanity

      Adeline is spying on Peter - Phyllis tries to pass her sister off as a ghost

    2. Another sighting

      The Marshalls have told Clara to tell Kitty the lake is haunted in case she sees Adeline

    3. The ghost revealed

      Despite the blandishments of Phyllis and Johnnie, Adeline enters the cottage asking for her baby

  13. 17th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. Cressida on a mission

      Cressida's explanation that Adeline is Victor's mother only upsets Kitty further

  14. 26th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 1

    1. Isabel and Kitty reunited

      Adeline seems entirely at ease with Peter and Kitty - though conscious of lost years - but at the last minute states that Peter is not Victor's baby

  15. 27th March 1915

    Scene 1 of 3

    1. An unexpected meeting

      The women all running away, share confidences - Kitty about Peter's parentage, Edie about conning Johnnie, Marion about cross-dressing

    2. Kitty's homecoming

      For the first time in a long time, Kitty feels safe with Peter at her family's home

    3. Departures

      Kitty appears to be making a run for it, and lies smoothly to Isabel and Johnnie

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