Who has not, a hundred times, found himself committing a vile or a silly action,
for no other reason than because he knows he should not?
This show is a renegade retelling of Edgar Allan Poe’s twisted tale.
Two performers dismember the process of adaptation by reimagining 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.
mac, Birmingham – 19 July (Edinburgh preview)
Underbelly (Cowgate), Edinburgh – 3-20 August
Nottingham Playhouse – 5 October
Bite Size Festival, Warwick Arts Centre – 7 October
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester – 16 November
“Clever yet playful, savage yet amiable, this ingenious new play reflects the dualistic qualities of the feline it depicts” Exeunt
“This is a very playful piece, crisply performed, which calls to mind a cat toying with a ball of string with just the merest hint of menace in the eyes” Edinburgh Guide
“fun, quirky and irreverent … charismatic performers, Olwen Davies and Ollie Smith, do an excellent job … funny and genuinely engaging to watch” Broadway Baby
“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” The Scotsman
“This is definitely one to watch, with some wonderful critical ideas” The 730 Review
Included in the Guardian’s Edinburgh festival 2017:
what to see and where to go guide.
Devised and performed by: Olwen Davies & Ollie Smith
Adaptation by: Mufaro Makubika
Additional text by: LaPelle’s Factory
Project supported by: In Good Company | Nottingham Playhouse
Photography: Julian Hughes
Please direct any queries regarding touring availability to our producers LittleMighty: info [at] littlemighty [dot] co [dot] uk