The King of Cats



The King of Cats is a promenade, physical theatre and dance performance, inspired by folk tales and superstitions surrounding black cats.

The lovely folk at Secret Garden Party commissioned us to create and perform The King of Cats at the festival in July 2013.  The creative theme of the festival was ‘superstition’, and we devised our performance accordingly:

“The King of Cats is dead!” Come to his funeral! There is a ritual that all black cats must perform on such an auspicious occasion and just this once they have decided to invite human animals along. So if you see the black cats process across your path, don’t follow folly and think it a bad omen, follow them and you might be very lucky indeed!

Anyone who follows the cats will find a trio of witches lying on the earth.  These strange ladies then begin their ritual charm, honouring the dead King of Cats, warding off the bad luck which may arise from his death and crowning a new King (or Queen!) of Cats.

We had a great experience at Secret Garden Party, with each performance offering us new insights and approaches.  Interactive and promenade performances can be unpredictable, but we were very pleased with our audiences’ responses.

Co-directed by Charlie Ely and Tess Shrubsall

Cast for Secret Garden Party 2013
Cats: Ella Cumber, Charlie Ely, Victoria McEvoy, Ruth McMeel and Lily Tyler
Witches: Tess Shrubsall, Roberta Zuric

All photographs (c) Tess Owen –