I met a theatre cat on Friday night, and he was typically imperious and gracious about accepting the admiration that is naturally his due. Strictly speaking Mr Rochester is a gallery/theatre cat, as the venue is both, but the same attitude seems to work for both the gallery space and the theatre space.
The Tap Gallery does not offer Mr Rochester quite the majestic splendour that surrounds Marzipan, the celebrated Astor Cat in Melbourne, but the artworks are no doubt far more avant-garde. Neither does it offer quite such densely packed history as the Roman ruins in which thousands of cats roam freely, supported by a cadre of cat lovers – but I’m sure Mr Rochester enjoys having the limelight to himself. The Tap Gallery does however offer a diverse program of theatre, cabaret, music and art exhibitions under Mr Rochester’s supervision, which he seems to thoroughly enjoy.
Anybody else know a theatre cat or two? There used to be a few around Sydney in some of the older suburban cinemas, but I’m not sure whether they still have cats or even whether those cinemas are still in operation. I hope some of them are.