The Cat

The Sleepy-less Ensemble

Adapted from the novel by Zheng Zhi

Directed by He Qi


World Premiere, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, October 16, 2021, 14:00

October 17, 2021, 14:00

October 18, 2021, 14:00

October 19, 2021, 14:00

WHERE: East Warehouse Theatre

Duration: 75 minutes

Performed in Chinese, with English subtitles

About The Cat

The place is new, but it's still only rented—and the rent has doubled. The area of this house is 142 square meters and it has two bedrooms and a living room. It is oriented north-south, with a balcony on the north side. There is a narrow river near the street, which is just like a road. Although the house is rented, they make it their own home. However, from the first day they moved in, there was a stench around the house.

Where did it come from?

This play is adapted from Zheng Zhi's novel of the same name – The Cat.


Adapted from the novel by Zheng Zhi

Text: Hu Xuanyi

Director: He Qi


Zhang Mingyi as Wife

Li Kui as Husband

Wang Anbang as Andy

Producer: Lv Feiran

Stage Design: Hu Yanjun

Music Design: Lee Haolun

Lighting Design:Li Tong

Stage Manager: Cao Yiran

Poster Designer: Li Yige

About He Qi

He Qi was born in 1992 in Dalian. She graduated with a major in Chinese from Fudan University, and has a master's degree from Taiwan University. She is co-founder of the Sleepy-less Ensemble and currently works as its director and playwright. Her written and directorial works have received invitations to several festivals.

About The Sleepy-less Ensemble

The Sleepy-less Ensemble was founded in 2016, and currently consists of He Qi and Hu Xuanyi. With a technique that takes from real life and moves towards literary works, they explore the forms and relationships of literature, reconstruct personal memories in the theatre, and meditate on time and space. Every work is the creators' notes on their reading, shared with the world.

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