The Cats Mother


The Cat’s Mother was a performance exploring the nature of empathy.

Why, in the western world, do humans care more about the suffering of attractive and privileged people? Why is it that certain names such as Alan Kurdi are barely recognised - yet Madeleine McCann is ‘iconic’? 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? In this performance two ‘cats’ occupied the space. They lolled on the laps of audience members, inviting stroking and adoring. They licked milk from pristine white dishes and played with cute plastic toys.

This project is a collaboration with performance artist, Craig Manson. The performance was 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:

"A superb piece where the performers take on cat personae to demonstrate how we love cuteness, and attractiveness. A great example of using innovative form to present an important message in a new way" - Quiet Man Dave

"Katy Dye  and Craig Manson took things in a challenging and unexpected direction with ‘The Cat’s Mother‘ – a show that started out cute and ended up raging against entitlement.  It managed to say a lot of pertinent stuff about empathy, the media, injustice and prejudice in a very short space of time. Dye’s closing rant delivered in a child-like voice was chilling" - Circles and Stalls