Yellow Cat Collective was started in 2019 by Abi Sucsy and Liz Butler: two artists with vastly different artistic backgrounds but both with the same drive to create. Liz has over fifteen years of theatre experience directing and producing shows both in Wellington and in the United States. Abi comes from a science background and began studying dancing and drawing in Wellington. They came together so they could tell stories in sensual and colourful ways, and to create unique experiences for audiences. Their mission is to create performing opportunities for themselves and other establishing artists.
What sets Yellow Cat’s shows apart is that the artists are creating work that’s supported by the company, and they’re all teaching each other skills along the way.
They strive to tell stories that feature blending and complimentary art forms, often focused on feminist or queer themes. Their 2021 Fringeshow (The Yellow Wallpaper) adapted the early short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” into a dance theatre piece, and re-examined themes of isolation and perceptions of women’s mental and physical health.
Their 2020 Fringe show, Ray Catdepicted a post-nuclear world through puppets: the show was designed for children, but the subject material was accessible for all audiences.
Yellow Cat productions are immersive, and play with the audience's senses. Through their work, they are trying to get creative with creative storytelling. They believe in the macro and the micro, and in stories of curiosity. They want to make art in spaces that aren’t traditional theatres and work with people who aren’t typically theatre-trained.