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Created and performed by Catherine Downes

at Circa Two, Wellington
From 27 Feb 2013 to 16 Mar 2013

The Riverbank Centre, Whangarei
5 Apr 2013

Victoria Theatre (The Vic), 93 Victoria Rd, Devonport, Auckland
From 6 Apr 2013 to 7 Apr 2013

Suter Theatre, Nelson
From 24 Oct 2013 to 25 Oct 2013

Reviewed by:  Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post); John SmytheDavid StevensBronwyn ElsmoreMark HoulahanAnna Bate;

Fascinating, compelling – an evening of pure delight.

Acclaimed actress Catherine Downes brings her latest work, Talking of Katherine Mansfield, to Circa Theatre for the opening season of her New Zealand tour. Talking of Katherine Mansfield opens in Circa Two on Wednesday 27th February, and runs until Saturday 16th March.

Cathy performed this wonderful exploration of Mansfield's writing about life, death and what we want in between, at the Ubud Writer's Festival in Bali in 2012 after a sell-out season on Waiheke Island.

In Talking of Katherine Mansfield, she discusses and performs highlights of her internationally lauded play The Case of Katherine Mansfield and offers new insights to its themes, illuminated by a selection of Mansfield's finest short stories, including the much-loved The Doll's House

During a literary career that abruptly ended with her death from tuberculosis at only 34 in 1923, Mansfield produced what are generally regarded as some of the best short stories in English. She was also a prolific journalist, and kept a journal from the age of 18 to 34 when she died.

“When I was researching, I became interested in Mansfield's journals and diaries,” says Cathy, “her intimate writing about her own feelings and where she wanted to go. They were very personal and candid, very private. She probably didn't expect they would ever be published.”

“And in her stories, there are so many layers beneath the surface. It's like a spider's web where everything is interconnected and every word counts. On a deceptively small canvas like The Doll's House, which could be a metaphor for all her stories, she was able to explore big and universal themes. And her articulation of them is so acute and precise.” 

Talking of Katherine Mansfield - an engaging and dramatic account of one of New Zealand's favourite literary icons, whose creativity and ruthless honesty are brought to vibrant life in this fascinating work. 

“I would have been happy to stay on in the theatre and see it all over again” – The Gulf News

Tributes for The Case of Katherine Mansfield:

“A powerfully executed work of art”  - NZ Listener         

“A treat not to be missed”  - Time Out, London

Tues – Sat 7.30pm, Sun 4.30pm
Prices: Adults $46, Concessions $38, Friends of Circa $33, Groups (6+) $39, (20+) $36, Under 25 $25.
$25 Specials – Tuesday 26 Feb and Thursday 28 Feb
BOOKINGS: Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington; Phone 801 7992 | 


Friday 5 April Whangarei
The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane 7.30pm
$20 Book:
Whangarei Suit Hire, Rust Ave

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April Devonport
The Victoria Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Rd 7.30pm
$30; Students and community card holders $25

Friday 12 April Hamilton 
The Playhouse Theatre, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts,
University of Waikato, 7.30pm
$25; concession $20; Students (tertiary and secondary) $10
Book:; 0800TICKETEK; or in person at Academy or Ticketek outlets

Saturday 13 April Tauranga
Tauranga Art Gallery 7.00pm
Adult $25; Student/youth/friend of the gallery $20
Book: Tauranga Art Gallery

Sunday 14 April Gisborne  
Dome Room, Poverty Bay Club 7.30pm 
$25 Book: Mediterranean Living

Wednesday 17 April New Plymouth 
Alexandra Room, TSB Showplace 7.30pm 
Adult $25; Senior/Student $20 (service fees apply) 
Book:; or 0800 111 999; or TSB Showplace office 

Thursday 18 April Wanganui 
Royal Wanganui Opera House 7.30pm 
Adult $25; senior $23; FOH $20; Student $15; School group of 10 or more $5 
Note: 1 teacher per 10 students also at $5; Additional non-students normal price 

Saturday 20 April 8pm   
Playhouse Theatre 
$25 (earlybird before 1 April $20) 
Book:  Paradiso Video Shop 

Tuesday 23 April Franz Josef Glacier 
St James' Church 7.30pm 
$25 Book: Glacier Motors cash/eftpos or Bella Vista Motel 

Wednesday 24 April Queenstown 
Queenstown Memorial Centre, 7.30pm tickets $20   

Nelson Arts Festival 2013  
Suter Theatre
Thurs 24 Oct 7pm, Fri 25 Oct 7.30pm
75 mins no interval
Earlybird $30, Full $34
under 18 $20
Plus service fee
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