28th October – 21st November 2015
In the not-too-distant future, the world is better than ever. Diseases and disorders have been wiped out. But Jess doesn’t belong. She slipped through the net and there’s something dangerous in her DNA, something that must be ‘cured’.
The winner of the seventh Papatango New Writing Prize, Tomcat was chosen from more than 600 entries.
“The annual Papatango new writing prize has unearthed some outstanding writers in recent years. This year’s winner, James Rushbrooke, shows similar promise… A good, taut, intelligent 90-minute play that raises all manner of questions.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
“A great playwright is discovered…The key query I want an answer to is ‘When will his next work be ready for us to see?’ I will be in line to witness whatever it may be for sure.” Daniel Perks, A Younger Theatre
“An intriguing fusion of Gattaca and The Silence of the Lambs…A tense affair [which] exerts a real grip…ambitious, question-raising.” Natasha Tripney, The Stage
“It conjures real danger… Rushbrooke’s writing sidles up to this futuristic – though far from far-fetched – society with impeccable control.” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage
“Lily Arnold’s slick, symmetrical set…a clever visual subversion.” Emma Smith, Exeunt
Photography by Richard Davenport