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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 welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
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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 by 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).

    "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

    Great theatre, lovely young team, brilliant supportive diverse programming, the only theatre I can think of that is currently supporting so many theatremakers.

    Programmed artist