The Waving Cat of Japan - Watermans, Brentford
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
PRESENTED by Krazy Kat Theatre Company, The Waving Cat of Japan (Maneki Neko) will visit Watermans, Brentford (April 28, 2013) as part of a UK tour.
This fantastical far Eastern adventure, the second production as part of the project Sign me up a Story, continues this unique hearing led and deaf directed company’s 30th anniversary celebrations.
The Waving Cat is the curious Japanese figurine of folk tales and legends which is said to bring good luck. The show is a Bunraku puppet-style theatrical fantasy, choreographed by deaf Japanese Choreographer Chisato Minamimura, mixing in traditional Japanese images borrowed from the Noh and Kabuki theatre.
A tropical storm, a wicked Sorceress, a not so smart Prince and three tricky tasks to perform before midnight? Luckily, Maneki Neko the Waving Cat is on hand, or paw, to try to help.
The Waving Cat of Japan is directed by Caroline Parker and performed by Kinny Gardner, Jim Fish and Tinca Leahy.
The production is designed by Chris De Wilde, with lighting by David Phillips and puppets by Scott Brooker.
Krazy Kat Theatre Company is the only UK theatre company to use sign language in every one of their performances. Each show is accessible not only to deaf children and young people but also to their hearing peers and is performed and taught by an integrated company of deaf and deaf aware practitioners. Throughout their 30 years, the company has performed to around three million people in a remarkable number of varied and challenging places.
The Waving Cat of Japan is suitable for 3 – 7 year olds.
Running Time: 50 minutes.
Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford, London, TW8 0DS
The tour will also visit Horsham, Guildford, Bath, Colchester, Southampton, Maidenhead, Manchester, Merseyside, Lancaster, Northampton, Shrewsbury, Leicester, Derby, Wolverhampton, Banbury and Winchester.