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Joffrey from Game of Thrones was down in Kilkenny performing poetry for cats yesterday - no, really

There’s something you don’t see every day.

Something very weird is happening in Kilkenny right now. Abbey Street.

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CAT LAUGHS, ONE of Ireland’s most beloved comedy festivals, is taking place in Co. Kilkenny this weekend with the likes of Dara Ó Briain, Aisling Bea, Tommy Tiernan and David O’Doherty all descending on the Marble City for a weekend of shows.

This year, theatre company Collapsing Horse have taken over the stewardship of the festival. As such, they’ve added their own little flourishes to the long-running event.

Case in point? Actor Jack Gleeson, best known for playing Joffrey in Game of Thrones, dressed as a cat and recited some absurdist poetry to a room of cats in the middle of the city yesterday. (Gleeson is a founding member of Collapsing Horse.)

It was all part of a four-hour performance entitled Pangur Bán, named for an ancient Irish poem of the same name.

“Jack Gleeson will be performing as a cat from the 9th century absurdist poem of the same name – exclusively for an audience of cats,” the festival explained on Facebook.

Living the dream #cats

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Because why the hell not, really?

Jack Gleeson reading poetry to #cats in #kilkenny

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Joffrey: putting the cats back into Cat Laughs.

Here’s a glimpse at how it all looked as it was going down.

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Thoroughly random, but we approve.

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