International premiere and UK 22/23 tour dates for Proto-type’s DEAD CATS.

DEAD CATS written in orange text on a grey background. Below are two women, one in a white suit with a dark bob. One in a navy jumpsuit style top, with blond hair. They are playing 'cats cradle' with orange string. 'White suit' looks out at us sternly, 'navy' looks up with feigned innocence.

We’re almost ready to premiere our new show, Dead Cats, and we’re delighted to be doing so as part of Studiobühneköln’s Theatreszene Europa Festival at the University of Cologne on Sunday 25th September.

We’re looking forward to sharing the piece, to connecting to international audiences and artists, and also to a chance to see Michael Pinchbeck and Ollie Smith’s A Seventh Man at Orangerie Theatre.


In rooms like this room people lie.

Not little lies, the kinds of lies that kill people, or worse…


Dead Cats reunites the team behind A Machine they’re Secretly Building, and The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) and continues our investigations into privilege, power, protest, and control as part of our Truth to Power Project.

This time we’re looking at the slippery truth, shifting political optics, and how language is used to shape our world. In complex times full of manipulated distractions, Dead Cats asks who is really in charge?


In rooms like this room, language is laundered.

The name of the game is spin.


Dead Cats blends new writing, performance, film-making, and an obvious plant, to show – not tell – the truths behind the fictions.


You can find out more about the show HERE

UK Tour – 2022/23


SUN 25 SEPT | [PREMIERE] THEATRESZENE EUROPA FESTIVAL, STUDIOBÜHNE KÖLN | STUDIOBUEHNEKOELN.DE

TUE 11 OCT | CARRIAGE WORKS, LEEDS |CARRIAGEWORKSTHEATRE.CO.UK

WED 12 OCT | THE CREATIVE CENTRE, YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY | YORKSJ.AC.UK

WED 26 OCT | AMATA, FALMOUTH | FALMOUTH.AC.UK

THUR 27 OCT | SHOWROOM, CHICHESTER | THESHOWROOMCHICHESTER.CO.UK

THUR 3 NOV | ARC, STOCKTON | ARCONLINE.CO.UK

MON 14 NOV | ENABLE US!, SHEFFIELD | PERFORMANCEVENUES.GROUP.SHEF.AC.UK

TUE 15 NOV | HARROGATE GRAMMAR SCHOOL (HARROGATE THEATRE) HARROGATETHEATRE.CO.U

WED 25 JAN | LANCASTER ARTSLANCASTERARTS.ORG

WED 15 MAR | CAMBRIDGE JUNCTION | JUNCTION.CO.UK

DATE TBC | OXFORD PLAYHOUSE | OXFORDPLAYHOUSE.COM

FRI 28 APR | ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE, LEICESTER ATTENBOROUGHARTS.COM

WED 10 & THUR 11 MAY | THE CRUCIBLE, SHEFFIELD | SHEFFIELDTHEATRES.CO.UK

DATE TBC | LANCASHIRE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2023, PRESTON | BOOKING SOON

FRI 19 MAY | DARTINGTON HALL DARTINGTON.ORG

SAT 20 MAY | TOLMEN CENTRE, FALMOUTH | TOLMENCENTRE.CO.UK

DATE TBC | THE CIVIC, BARNSLEY | BARNSLEYCIVIC.CO.UK


Dead Cats is part of Proto-type Theater’s socially-engaged Truth to Power Project and has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England as well as through the continued support of ARC (Stockton), Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, The Lowry (Salford), Theatre-in-the-Mill (Bradford) & hAb/Word of Warning (Manchester).