The Cat’s Mews Theatre Company was co-founded by Barbara Rabatin in 1997, originally as a fundraiser to support the Bytown Art Group, a visual art program for homeless people. Our first production, “The Lower Depths” by Maxim Gorky, was a great success and Rogers Cable Tv televised it in 1998. Since then we made it our mission to produce plays that Ottawa audiences either never had a chance to see, or they haven’t been shown in Ottawa for a long time.
Besides the list of plays on this page, our credits include many recitals and readings in the Cafè Aphrodite ( this cultural Cafè doesn’t exist anymore), where we had performed excerpts from Brecht’s “Mother Courage”, Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt”, Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession”, Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, Dürrenmatt’s “The Physicists”, poems from Attila József, T.S. Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Lőrinc Szabó, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Paul Verlaine, Heinrich Heine, several Shakespearean plays and many others.
Most of the members of the company have received professional training in acting, but don’t work full-time in this field. Barbara Rabatin has been the company’s co-founder and artistic director.
- Maxim Gorky: The Lower Depths
- TV version of Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”
- Classic Cat Stories and Poems
- Eugene O’Neill: Long Day’s Journey into Night
- Peter Shaffer: Equus
- Imre Madach: The Tragedy of Man
- Oscar Wilde: Salome
- István Örkény: Catsplay