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Walking Cats

Zhaolin Zhou

Tue 31st Jan - Sun 5th Feb
18:30,14:30,18:00 (
60 mins)
Theatre
Light-hearted / Storytelling / Migrant & Refugee Voices
Tickets from £13.00
Venue: Network Theatre
Age Guidance: Suitable For All
Grief

A cat walks on Kilburn High Road.
Underneath a pine tree, the cat meets itself walking on Dongfeng Road in its hometown.
From that moment, memories flashback, two cities merge.

Walking Cats is an autobiographical performance exploring homesickness and migrant identity using live feed, object theatre, paper collages and soundscape, taking audiences on an intimate, magical journey with stories from the heart about family and hometown.

Using colour, patterns, sound to switch between memory and reality, the story evolves within a summer’s day in delicate miniature form. Sharing heartbeats with the cats, the performer narrates walking cats’ story operating toys, papers with affectionate memories of family, childhood, and connections in a time of isolation during lockdown.

Commissioned by LAMDA MishMash Festival, Walking Cats is supported by Arts Council England, Curious School of Puppetry, Camden People’s Theatre, The Space, Omnibus Theatre, Rumah and Tramshed.

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Tue 31st Jan
6.30pm
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Wed 1st Feb
6.30pm
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Thu 2nd Feb
6.30pm
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Fri 3rd Feb
6.30pm
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Sat 4th Feb
Matinee
2.30pm
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Sat 4th Feb
6.00pm
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Sun 5th Feb
6.00pm
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Zhaolin Zhou

Zhaolin Zhou is a first-generation migrant theatre-maker, puppeteer from China, trained at MFA Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before working in theatre, he received a medical degree from Peking University researching pain pathways. He worked as a performer in China for children’s theatre and family productions. Zhaolin trained with Curious School of Puppetry, Little Angel Theatre, Theatre-Rites and Puppetry director, designer Jimmy Grimes. He received mentoring support from Sue Buckmaster, Sean Myatt developing Walking Cats. He worked as a Collaborator with Tall Stories for The Smeds and The Smoos.

Press & Reviews

Mobile Theatre


★★★★★


"clever, inventive, original and really special"

Cast & Creative Team Story & Performed by: Zhaolin Zhou
Collaborator & Sound Designer: Tingying Dong
Producer & Dramaturg: Yuyu Wang
Scenographer & Illustrator: Rimu Kwok
Videographer: Xi Chen


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