how to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit movie musical ‘cats’ Review  

Although I spent the early part of my life insisting that I didn’t like musicals that is categorially untrue. I adore musicals! I think that what I didn’t like was being the person that couldn’t sing in a group of very talented friends who loved to burst into showtunes at any moment.

However, this show isn’t a musical, but it is about the film of a musical. The biggest cinematic flop of recent years Cats. I haven’t watched the critically damned film (or even the musical production) but by the osmosis of my younger days, I seem to know rather a lot about Cats. This meant that I fully appreciated and enjoyed this silly, queer and particularly jellicle show.

It is a one-man comedic parody and we’re invited into Linus’ jellicle world as he shares the jellicle aspects of the jellicle cats in ‘Cats’ and how you can apply them to your life in order to make it truly jellicle. These life lessons are presented alongside a joyously “expert” PowerPoint presentation that provides laughs and giggles throughout.

Currently on a tour of the UK do catch the show if you can as it’s a fabulously funny feline treat that you really shouldn’t miss. The show will also be live streamed in early March.

A picture of a man sitting on a bed in a cat costume drinking from a glass of milk. The picture is covered in text showing reviews and dates for a theatre tour
Awkward Productions
Awkward Productions create work that is fun, exciting and slightly uncomfortable. It was founded by a Swedish immigrant (Linus Karp) and his gay lover (Joseph Martin) in 2017.

The company’s two biggest (and only) shows “Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve F*cked” and “how to live a jellicle life: life lessons from the 2019 hit movie musical ‘cats'” both have long titles. They have both also received critical acclaim – the productions have been covered in The Guardian, The Stage, Time Out, Wonderland, Gay Times and P4 Sjuhärad (the local radio station of the Swedish forest Linus is from) and have received praise from Mark Gatiss, Edgar Wright and Linus’ parents.

Cygnet Theatre
Cygnet Theatre was founded 40 years ago by Monica Shallis and Mary G Evans. Since then, we have been training the next generation of professional actors with our highly unique brand of drama school. Cygnet believes in a training centred on learning on the stage, not in the classroom. We regularly host visiting theatre productions, concerts, dance and workshops in our lovely theatre just above Exeter quayside, as well as producing our own performances and touring shows each year2021 is our 40th anniversary, and we were planning a special season of work to celebrate. However, due to the ongoing pandemic we are now postponing our celebrations to 2022.Cygnet will be hosting shows in venues across Exeter and Devon from May to July. We have a huge array of events to inspire all audiences, from family shows to Q&A platforms with special guests.



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