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
From the Fringe program:
Mona Morse travels through South Africa and through time.
A multimedia meditation on predator and prey, and the creatures within.
Nominated for prizes by the League of Canadian Poets, Quebec Writers' Federation and Expozine.
"There is no one phrase to describe what Cat Kidd does except, perhaps, force of nature." - Charlebois Post"
One of Canada's most talented wordsmiths." - Broken Pencil
"Our city's newest superstar." - Montreal Gazette
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Mild language, sexual content
Updated on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:36 PM CDT: adds review