Nine Lives

Cats, Sadness, Hope

Designers: Christopher Amherst
Number of participants: 9
Duration: 3-4 hours
The presenter feels that this larp IS suitable for young people aged 16+

About the larp

Nine Lives is foremost a larp about cats, sad songs, and happy endings (even when the world doesn’t want you to believe it).

You will play the cats waiting at the “Happy Tails” animal shelter and explore their past and future through jukebox musical vignettes.

And yes, you’ll probably build relationships in your clowder using a ball of yarn!

Content Warnings: Possible themes include – prejudice/bias toward black cats/older cats/special needs cats, abuse toward cats (or their former owners).

Christopher Amherst: Nordic-American larpwright. Published in KP/SK Books twice.


Physical contact Moving in contact; e.g. rolling around on the floor together, contact improv, very close dancing
Romance and intimacy Demonstrations of affection; e.g. hugging, holding hands
Conflict and violence Shouting and other intimidating actions not involving contact
Communication style Minimal speech; vignettes will be shadow play with music
Movement style Alternating between sitting/lying, acting, and running
Characters Players create their own characters, in a workshop
Narrative control The shape and direction of the story is entirely, or almost entirely, determined by player choice
Transparency Transparent design, but players can create secrets during play and keep them from each other / reveal them when wished
Representation Scenery and props will be used to make the play space look something like the fictional space
Play culture The concept of rivalry or cooperation between players doesn’t really apply
Tone Dramatic

Saturday afternoon, Studio 3