“I grew, day by day, more moody, more irritable, more regardless of the feelings of others.” “Yet mad I am not…and very surely do I not dream.”

The Black Cat is the tale of a man, his cat, his wife and an accident. An unnamed man tells the story of how he comes to be, stating right at the beginning of the piece, ‘Tomorrow I die.’ He tells of his childhood, his love for animals, his wife and the series of events that have led up to this moment. As we listen to the story weaving in and out of song there is cause to question the line between sanity and madness and what can trigger the fatal step over that line. Is he confessing, is he boasting or is he simply mad?


Corpus Playroom, Cambridge
09-11 April 2015

“Saw Steve Nicholson perform this one man musical tonight- breathtaking (don't think I took a breath for at least half and hour) and truly chilling.”

RuthAudience Member

“Well done on a very well directed piece, properly disturbing and very well acted. I appreciated how Poe's original language, gorgeously rich and poetic, was maintained. ”

MikeAudience Member

“If you like your theatre tense, dark, disturbing and captivating then you should probably go see The Black Cat. Forty minutes of intense theatre. I'm hoping I don't have freaky dreams now! Brilliant performance, strong script, simple and powerful staging...and the sfx will haunt me for a while, I think!”

EmmaAudience Member

“Fantastic evening watching Steve Nicholson in 'The Black Cat'! Deliciously sinister, hugely disturbing and intensely captivating from beginning to end! Wow!! Huge congrats to Corkscrew Theatre Company on another incredible piece of theatre!”

KarenAudience Member