Hyenas are disliked by many people because they are unattractive scavengers, but Montreal’s Cat Kidd sees the positive in the misunderstood animal, which possesses the ability to change sexes and eat anything. During the course of her fascinating one-hour, one-woman, six-act multimedia performance, she takes on her favourite traits of not only the hyena, but other animals whose personalities and stories weave and flow into tales from her life.
Kidd is a talented wordsmith who plays with language and the physical form, using slam poetry, storytelling, song and body movements to take the audience on a trip from a safari in South Africa to squats in Vancouver to the halls of a junior high school seamlessly, making sharp points about society and the animals within us while a soundtrack by Jacky Murda and projections help create an immensely enveloping experience.
Kidd says she wants to be a human-hyena hybrid, but add lioness to that because she roars.
— Rob Williams