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.” Charlie is watching Jess. He’ll do whatever it takes to keep society safe.
As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcat asks how far will we go to keep humanity healthy? When you can learn everything about a person from a computer screen, is there anything left to discover?
Tomcat by James Rushbrooke was the winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize in association with Southwark Playhouse, London, where it premiered in October 2015.
James Rushbrooke is a playwright whose plays include Tomcat (Southwark Playhouse, winner of the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize), Crab Bucket, Photo Finish (Waterloo East), and Filibuster (Old Vic New Voices Festival). He is also a consultant and trainer in the world of social care and runs the Imagine Theatre School in Cirencester.