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    Walking Cats

    Tue 1 and Wed 2 Nov at 7.15pm
    Tickets £8 (work-in-progress)
    When you can’t travel back home, will your home come to you?

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    Running Time 60 minutes
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Relaxed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    Assistance dogs
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    A cat walks on Kilburn High Road.
    Underneath a pine tree, the cat meets itself walking on Dongfeng Road in its hometown.
    From that moment, memories flashback, two cities merge.

    Walking Cats is an autobiographical performance exploring homesickness and migrant identity using live feed, object theatre, paper collages and soundscape, taking the audience on an intimate and magical journey with stories from the heart about family and hometown.

    Using colour, patterns and sound to switch between memory and reality, the show investigates homesickness and migrant identity between Dongfeng Town and London in delicate miniature form. Sharing the heartbeat with the cats, the performer narrates the walking cats’ story operating toys and papers, switching camera angles with affectionate memories of family, childhood, hometown and connections in a time of isolation during the lockdown. Immersed in visual storytelling, the audience are invited to feel the heartbeat of the cats and papers on the screen and of the performer on stage.

    Commissioned by LAMDA MishMash Festival. Supported Arts Council England, Curious School of Puppetry, The Space, Omnibus Theatre, Tramshed and Rumah.

    Story & Performed by: Zhaolin Zhou
    Collaborator & Sound Designer: Tingying Dong
    Producer & Dramaturg: Yuyu Wang
    Scenographer: Tung Kwok
    R&D Videographer: Xi Chen


    Please note this is performed in the CPT Basement Space (accessible via lift).

    Tickets for Walking Cats

    Tue 01 Nov, 19:15
    Wed 02 Nov, 19:15
    "clever, inventive, original and really special"
    Mobile Theatre
    "An amazing piece of visual storytelling, that felt real (live) and reflective of life itself."
    Audience Review

    "The seed commission has made me feel supported, not just as an artist but also a woman of colour whose story needs to be heard."

    CPT Commissioned Artist