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How Did the Cat Get So Fat?

by Zizi Azah
The Esplanade: The Studios
Esplanade Theatre Studio, Singapore

It's been 13 years since Zizi Azah wrote her debut play How Did the Cat Get So Fat? and her words still jump off the page. From a simple first staging in 2005 to an appearance at the Singapore Fringe Festival two years later, this charming monologue comes into its own in a brand new production as part of the Esplanade's female-centric Studios season. 

Cat is performed by Siti Khalijah Zainal, who reprises the role she originated over a decade ago. Zizi has made several updates to the text, rewriting a couple of scenes and including references to modern technology and current affairs. The plot remains the same: nine-year-old Fatimah takes a fantasy trip across town on a coin-operated lion called Mr Minisman, encountering various people along the way. 

The key change director Tan Beng Tian, co-founder of theatre troupe The Finger Players, brings to this staging is that Siti is not alone: she shares the stage…

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