Cat Kidd returns home to present “Hyena Subpoena” at Centaur Theatre’s 2019 Wildside Festival

Five performances of acclaimed solo show featured in the festival lineup

“Get your tickets now. I believe this one will be selling out quickly.”
~ Global Edmonton

Cat Kidd is a force of nature. As one of our city’s uniquely powerful voices for page and stage, her zoological rhyming monologues straddle genres of theatre and poetry, wowing audiences from Oslo to Glastonbury, Singapore to Cape Town.

This January, Montreal audiences will have a rare opportunity to see her in her natural habitat. Kidd is coming home to Centaur Theatre for five performances of her acclaimed solo Hyena Subpoena at the 2019 Wildside Festival.

“(Kidd) stalks about the stage like a predator … I was leaning forward in my seat the whole time.”
~ Mooney on Theatre

Six tightly-woven prose poems set to soundscapes by dj Jacky Murda recount the rocky road traveled by narrator Mona Morse. Inspired by a tour to South Africa in 2007, the story opens at a campsite in Kruger Park where Mona has fled to live in a tent and study hyena. Her brushes with wildlife spark recollections of a troubled adolescence in East Vancouver in the 80s, refigured with the stark humour of hindsight.

“Prepare to be blown away.”
~ Georgia Straight

Hyena Subpoena is a multimedia exploration into dynamics of predator and prey, and the creatures that lurk within. Through a series of animal avatars, Mona gives voice to her harshest life lessons. Her stories summon images of elephants, antelopes, lions and hyenas, animated with footage collected in South Africa and mapped onto set elements.

The writing is refined and luscious. In its published form, Hyena Subpoena earned nominations for a number of annual poetry awards. Kidd’s performance is electric — a one-of-a-kind artist at the height of her powers.

Visit to listen to studio recordings from the Hyena Subpoena CD/book release.


Presented at Centaur Theatre’s 2019 Wildside Festival

Six Wild Animal Tales by Cat Kidd
Set to Soundscapes by DJ Jacky Murda
Directed by Paul Van Dyck
Wildlife video by Cat Kidd and Geoff Agombar
Projections by Geoff Agombar and Paul Van Dyck
Lighting by Jon Cleveland

Jan. 10, 13, 15, 17 at 7PM and Jan. 20 at 3PM

Centaur Theatre
453 Saint-François-Xavier
Metro: Place d’Armes

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Phone: 514.288.3161

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