“The whole thing has a very collaborative, home-made kind of feel.”
WHO: Sam, Writer/Performer
WHAT: “The Cat Man Curse is a whirlwind comedy by ex-Footlights Jordan, Sam and Guy. Using sketch, clown and physical theatre, Pelican balance a cartoonish narrative with playfulness and improvisation to tell the story of a bizarre mystery. When TV actor Charles Heron (famous for playing hotshot lawyer Harvey Hardtruth) is struck by an old Hollywood curse, he needs legal advice from a real-life solicitor, Mark Swift. Thrown into a kaleidoscopic 1970s noir investigation, the unlikely pair must come together to solve a mystery that’s wildly funny.”
WHERE: Bedlam Theatre (Venue 49)
WHEN: 20:00 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
We’ve each done shows at the festival before (ranging from sketch shows to the single most terrible performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Edinburgh history staring Sam aged 15) but this year’ll be the first time that we’ve come up as a company made up of the three of us, so it very much feels like a new adventure.
Tell us about your show.
The Cat Man Curse is basically a high-energy surreal comedy show. It’s a 1970s noir narrative that tells the story of Charles Heron, a TV actor famous for playing the hot-shot lawyer Harvey Hardtruth in a popular law show. Everything’s going great for Heron until he’s struck by an ancient Hollywood Curse and finds his life in grave danger. Think fast-paced, madcap and surreal.
The three of us write and perform the show and the whole thing is brought together by our amazing director Lucy who, as well as directing, choreographs it all. We also write our own soundtrack and make all our own props and costumes, so hopefully the whole thing has a very collaborative, home-made kind of feel.
We all met at university and started making shows together whilst we were there. Each of us came to Pelican (our company) from quite different performance backgrounds, ranging from film to music to theatre. It’s been really exciting bringing those different experiences together and seeing what kind of thing we make as a group. As a result we think that The Cat Man Curse is a real mix: part physical comedy, part storytelling, part dance show.
We’ve been really lucky to get the chance to develop the show over a long period of time. We did a work in progress version of it at VAULT Festival in London back in January and have developed it at festivals in Paris and Brighton through the year. We’ve also got another preview coming up at The Bill Murray pub in London on July 26th before we head up to Edinburgh where we’ll be performing the first full version of the show.
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
There is so much!
We think Juan Vesuvius: I am Your Deejay is great, especially if you’re into your Venezuelan calypso comedy.
We also loved Peter and Bambi Heaven last year and we’re very excited to catch them again.
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