A renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale. Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by re-imagining a macabre classic with the cheekiest of glints in their eyes.
An enigmatic writer has adapted Poe’s original story and handed scripts over to two performers who are now taking merciless liberties with the words – like a madman taking out a furious rage on a helpless pet.
Balanced between the hilarious and the horrific, this show revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface.
The Black Cat is gravely good fun, but be warned: it will get catty. Meow.
Please note that the show contains strong language.
General tickets: £13 + booking fee
Concessions: £10 + booking fee
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Poe’s story is closely related to his famous A Tell-tale Heart, concerning the growing insanity of a guilty mind, and touching on alcoholism, mental health and emotional violence. Led by performer-devisers Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith, LaPelle’s Factory’s disrupted retelling revels in the darkness that hides just under the surface of the tale.
With metatheatrical play, The Black Cat is a surprisingly humorous tale which was developed with scratch performances at Derby Theatre, SPRINT (Camden People’s Theatre), and First Bite (China Plate/MAC Birmingham).
‘‘You don’t have to read Poe’s original tale before seeing this clever, sideways adaptation, but it will increase your appreciation for the ingenuity shown by its devisers and performers, Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith,… Both performers pivot suddenly from comedy to drama exceptionally well.’’ THE SCOTSMAN
‘‘Fun, quirky and irreverent … charismatic performers, Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith, do an excellent job … funny and genuinely engaging to watch.’’ BROADWAY BABY
‘‘Clever yet playful, savage yet amiable, this ingenious new play reflects the dualistic qualities of the feline it depicts.’’ EXEUNT
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The bar will be open from 6.30pm, and you are welcome to take your drink into the performance.
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