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How Alex got her luck back

17 January 2021

There’s a lesson in all the clever acting and great fun of The Lucky Cat, as junior reviewer Asha Grandage discovers.

The Lucky Cat, Monkey Brain ·
Subiaco Arts Centre, 16 January, 2021 ·
Junior review by Asha Grandage, age 8 ·

The only difference between lucky and unlucky is the way you look at them. That is what I learned from the show, The Lucky Cat.

Written and directed by Yvan Karlsson, this beautiful and very funny show is a story about a girl called Alex, the unluckiest child in the world, who goes on a mission with a cat named Tet, who is the luckiest cat in the world, to get Alex’s luck back.

On the way there are many chapters, but one of my favourites is when Alex and Tet meet an old phoenix which they help on its way to flames. After that, a silly baby phoenix called Sunny Banana emerges from the ash. One of my favourite lines of Tet is when Sunny Banana sits on Tet’s back and Tet says: “I am not a bus!”

It would be very hard to train a live cat to do all the things Tet does in the show, so Tet is a puppet, moved and voiced by Tristan McInnes. Tristan and Caitlin McFeat (Alex) are brilliant actors and perform the show beautifully.

The set is made up of white boxes which are taken apart and rebuilt in all sorts of ways. Lights and music are very good at setting scenes, especially in the underwater parts of the story.

I feel lucky that I got to see this show, and I hope you get to enjoy it too.

The Lucky Cat is on at the Subiaco Arts Centre Studio until 19 January, 2021.

Pictured top: Caitlin McFeat as Alex and Tristan McInnes, who moves and voices Tet, the puppet cat, in ‘The Lucky Cat’. Photo: Emma Fishwick

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