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‘Cats’ by T. S. Eliot presented at TMJB

The Companhia de Teatro de Almada presents ‘Cats’, from the famous book of cats, by T. S. Eliot, and staged by Teresa Gafeira on October 3rd and 4th, Saturday at 4pm, and Sunday at 11am, and 4pm.

Once upon a time there were many cats, with many names, some very strange, and others that were just theirs, and didn’t tell anyone. There was one they called Tigre Ronrom, who, despite dancing very well, was so weird, so weird, that he didn’t like to party, he only did nonsense and, above all, just what he wanted.

There was another, an old cat, whom they called Sarapintada, who spent her days sitting or lying down to save energy for the nights, when she seemed to be again young, and gave singing and solfege lessons to the rats, cooked for them or trained them to be scouts.

Two others, Matalote and Rapioca were stray cats who, in addition to being great experts in the circus arts, mewed Singin ‘in the Rain better than Gene Kelly and were even more famous than him.

And there were still some cats who rehearsed in thought and dreamed of the full moon during the day, to go to the ball at night, dance and sing like crazy people.

‘Cats’ is inspired by the poems of The Book of Cats, written by a gentleman named Tomás: TS Eliot (1888-1965), a great (that is, very good) American poet, so great that he even won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.

The director Teresa Gafeira chose some poems from that book and created some cats that can only be seen in the theater. ‘Cats’  is a kind of cat lesson, which is a word that is not yet in the dictionaries but is sorely missed.

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