“Darcy is truly one of the most interesting directors in this city and her work with Kidd was breathtaking.”
– The Rover
oct 13-29, 2011
Performed at Les Ateliers Jean Brillant.
A Cat Kidd/Scapegoat Carnivale Theatre co-production
Written and Performed by Catherine Kidd, Directed and dramaturged by Alison Darcy.
Stage Managed by Geoff Agombar, Production Design by Jody Burkholder, Original Score and Sound Design by Dj Jacky Murda, Video by Geoff Agombar.
Cast: Catherine Kidd
Photo credits: Tristan Brand. Actor: Catherine Kidd
Set in a campsite in South Africa’s famed Kruger Park, the show is composed of eight interlinked stories told by activist and poet Mona Morse, who has fled civilization for the bushveld. The postcards she sends home claim that she’s transformed herself into a hyena.
After a six-year international tour with her award-winning solo-show Sea Peach, Kidd published her first novel, but has now returned to her signature performance style, hybridizing poetic rhythm and rhyme with traditional prose narrative, to enhance the inherent musicality of language and create a heightened, magical perspective of reality. In the tradition of the Künstlerroman, Morse’s stories implicitly chafe against the skewed values of her society. Her stories concern social conflicts shared by humans and non-humans alike—such as those between freedom and security, individual and collective, predator and prey, civilized and savage. At their root, these stories question the nature of personhood, and what it means to be granted the status of “person.”
See more of Cat Kidd's work at www.catkidd.com.
“Kidd dominates this space with a huge presence … and she is
like no other solo performer I have ever seen” – The Charlebois Post
Cat Kidd in Hyena Subpeona