Down an Alley Filled with Cats

by  Warwick Moss

Full Length Play  /  2m

Winner! Best New Australian Play, 1983

"The sort of old fashioned suspense drama calculated to raise the fur on the back of your neck. . . . A nice, creepy dramatic adventure." - New York Post

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Down an Alley Filled with Cats

by  Warwick Moss

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  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway, From West End, Australian Literary Award NSW Australia
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Timothy Timmony is the elderly, cultured proprietor of a book shop in a Sydney area that is being redeveloped. The bookstore is in the last building still standing. Simon Matthews, an uncultured but not insensitive adventurer, comes to the shop in pursuit of a particular volume at closing time. Just as Simon discovers that the book been sold to his arch enemy, the landlord locks he and Timmony in the building for the night. It soon becomes obvious that the book contains a code which identifies the whereabouts of an invaluable artifact. Through the night the two combatants anoeuvre for position. The revelation that the artifact is in the shop creates a climax that allows the two men to discover themselves through each other.

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  • Winner! Best New Australian Play, 1983



"The sort of old fashioned suspense drama calculated to raise the fur on the back of your neck. . . . A nice, creepy dramatic adventure." - The New York Post

"A tight, bright play." - The New York Times

"Classy and timeless." - The Dallas Times Herald

"Popular entertainment of a very high order." - The London Daily Mail

"A crafty, beguiling guessing game." - Sydney Morning Herald

"Outs Agatha Christie in twists and turns that delight."- The Australian

"Hurrah for Moss and entertainment." - Adelaide Advertiser

"A puurrfect play." - Sydney Daily Telegraph


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Tours


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: 1980s
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    Sydney, Australia. 1984. Timmony's bookshop. On the top floor of an otherwise vacant old warehouse.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)



TIMMOTHY TIMMONY - he is about sixty; neat and precise. Polish, correct in speech and manner.
SIMON MATTHEWS - he is in his late thirties. Athletic. A roguish, opportunist bearing.

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Cast Attributes

  • All Male



Warwick Moss

Warwick Moss did not enter the world of Theatre until his mid thirties. In 1980 he sold his popular Sydney bar and decided to become an actor. By 1983 he was still struggling to get roles so wrote a two-hander stage play in which he could act. No theatre company wanted to put it on so he hired the small Stables Theatre ...

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Australia: The Stables Theatre Sydney, August 1983, produced by Warwick Moss.

America: The Plaza Theatre Dallas, September 1984, directed by Robert Allan Ackerman.

London West End: The Mermaid Theatre, August 1985, directed by John Wood.



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