In a town with no name, there lives a man troubled by strange nightmares: he only dreams of cats. On one fateful dawn, this man chances upon a cat, and the two realize that they can communicate with each other. This strange encounter precipitates a course of events where the man meets odd characters and soon starts losing his grip on reality, not knowing if all this cat business is a dream or if, in fact, it is real, so real that he is turning into a cat…
A castrated cat becomes meek and timid- so what does this say about a man who finds himself nightmarishly slipping between human and cat? “Catman” is a quirky and inquisitive play written by Liu Xiaoyi and directed by Alvin Chiam. The text-based work is a nightmarish absurdist take on emotional castration and our search for identity in the modern world.
Catman was also presented as part of The Creative Asia Festival 2007 (Shanghai) and the Macau Black Box Series 2008 (Macau).
Date: 31 March – 9 April 2006
Venue: The Theatre Practice | Studio 4
Festival: Poor Theatre Series
Director: Alvin Chiam
Playwright: Liu Xiaoyi
Production Manager: Ting Hock Hoe
Production Team: Huang Xiangbin, Fong Siao Yuong, Sharon Chan Chor Shan
Cast: Liu Xiaoyi, Doreen Toh