50 minute long performance, suitable for black box/studio theatre spaces, but is also adaptable to non-traditional spaces.
Trailer and photographs by Daniel Hughes. IBT photography and video by Paul Blakemore.
The Cat's Mother
The Cat's Mother
The Cat’s Mother is a live art re-imagining of Kate and Gerry McCann as cats. The performance examines who gets attention, and why we in the western world are drawn towards giving our sympathy towards attractive white people. Why is it that certain names such as Alan Kurdi are barely recognised - yet Madeleine McCann is iconic? The Cat’s Mother explores the nature of empathy, and how far this can or cannot stretch. We want to critique the crassness of the idea that humans who are more photogenic, attractive, young and privileged are more deserving of compassion. Is our cuteness factor, the colour of our coats and pedigree important factors in terms of how much we matter in other people’s eyes?
This project is a collaboration with performance artist, Craig Manson. The performance is in development and has been supported by The National Theatre of Scotland, and Hab Arts, Manchester. A work in progress performance was shown in September 2017 at Emergency micro festival in Manchester. Comments from Emergency Sharing:
I have always had a complicated relationship towards British patriotism. On the one hand, I love the tune of Land of Hope and Glory. On the other hand, I would feel uncomfortable with displaying a union jack. I would feel hesitant to wear one, and even more uncomfortable to wave one.
Flag is a performance exploring national identity politics - including images associated with British patriotism such as Winston Churchill, the spice girls new labour era of british optimism, and the iconic 'keep calm and carry on' brand. These images are re-assessed to find out what they mean in a contemporary context. In Flag I want to explore how much British national identity is reliant on nostalgia for the past. How far is the line between patriotism and racism?
This performance was originally supported by the Rich Mix Radical Ideas commissions and since then performed at The Rich Mix, 2016 and Camden People's Theatre 18th and 19th April 2017.
There's something brave and fine - and humorous, too - about her outpourings for such an emblem of a still united Britain - The Herald
Most of what the audience learnt wasn't what they were told directly, but how they responded to certain requests.. **** Female Arts