Dave the Cat was born different. He heard music and rhythm in the unlikeliest places; he was born to be on the stage. And so begins the tale of a man dressed with a tail - talented or delusional, the truth slowly unfolds through a brief stint as Jesus's ass in Jesus Christ Superstar and Dave the Cat in Cats.
Performed and co-written by Richard Hardwick this is a darkly comic story that nicely parodies musical theatre and it's obsessive fans.
Not being a musical fan I'm sure I missed quite a few of the references particularly in the three (short) songs but anyone who is West End regular will recognise the stage door Johnnies or female equivalent.
At 55 minutes it packs an amusing if slightly disturbing punch and is definitely worth a look with a pint or glass of something from the pub downstairs if you can catch it. If not I am sure it will pop up again somewhere.
Cat is on at the Etcetera Theatre above the Oxford Arms in Camden on the 26 and 27 March.
Wasn't expecting to find a connection but Peter Wight was in the audience and he was in In Basildon with Ruth Sheen who was in Leaves of Glass with Mr W.