The set really lifted the show; it was like a playground disguised as a rubbish dump.
This was one of the most visually stunning and demanding shows that I have worked on. Working with the company on embodying the characters, representing their feline natures whilst keeping the characters anthropomorphised involved walking a fine line between directing and choreography at all times. It was, however, a great opportunity to teach the company the basics of character construction and exploration; techniques such as leading body parts and Commedia Dell’Arte Stages of Tension.
The set really lifted the show; it was like a playground disguised as a rubbish dump. From the start of the show you could see cats peeping out of here and there, crawling out of tunnels and skips and scrambling over the balcony. At any point you could look over and see a pair of eyes watching you intently in that challenging way that cats do. For anyone to have that level of focus throughout a show is challenging so to have that from a group of young people was truly fantastic.