17–27 September 2020

Cat shadow puppet, Beware the Cat event

Beware the Cat

In the media

Article: Researchers shed light on the first ever English novel ahead of debut theatre performance

September 2018 event

What if we could understand the language of cats? William Baldwin’s satirical 16th-century novel Beware the Cat tells the story of a curious theologian whose alchemical experiments reveal the talk of cats amongst themselves.

This entertaining and visual performance reading brings Baldwin’s book to the stage for the first time.

Image: Cat Shadow Puppet – one of the specially commissioned images for the performance by Penny McCarthy

Lead academics:

  • Dr Rachel Stenner – University of Sussex
  • Professor Frances Babbage – University of Sheffield


  • Terry O’Connor – Forced Entertainment
  • Penny McCarthy – artist and Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University