Ariadne and the Minotaur

A re-imagining of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, told from the point of view of Ariadne.

Ariadne is generally seen as a lovelorn victim, abandoned by Theseus after helping him kill the Minotaur. Cat’s version tells a different story. Her Ariadne is a determined young woman, passionate and strong. But she is tormented by the howls coming from the Labyrinth. The Minotaur is her half-brother, and she has promised to save him from the darkness. Years have gone by, and she hasn’t been able to do it. But then a black-sailed tribute vessel from Athens arrives, and the spindle of her destiny starts to unwind…


Ariadne had its premiere at the Hay Festival 2013. Beautifully balancing strength and vulnerability, it proved to be a mesmerising performance from one of the UK’s most passionate performers:

Audience Comments:

‘I was truly lost beneath the labyrinths of ancient Crete. An awesome piece of storytelling mastery. Fabulous stuff.’

‘Every moment full of LIFE!!! Mesmerising.’

‘A glorious and passionate retelling’

‘A truly fantastic tale of mystery and imagination – on so many levels. Fantastically told. And the death of the Minotaur was awesome.’


Duration: 50 mins

Can be combined with Bluebeard to make a full length show (Into The Labyrinth)

Told with shruti box and song