Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Leading New Zealand Actor Takes on Literary Icon

Leading New Zealand Actor Takes on Literary Icon


The Case of
Katherine Mansfield By Catherine Downes      Starring
Danielle Cormack
Click to enlarge

MEDIA RELEASE

The Case of Katherine Mansfield
By Catherine Downes Starring Danielle Cormack
From the journals, letters and stories of Katherine Mansfield

18 JANUARY – 3 FEBRUARY 2007
Downstage Theatre
Mon-Thu 6.30pm, Fri & Sat 8pm
Bookings: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

Leading New Zealand Actor Takes on Literary Icon

Who better to play New Zealand’s most celebrated, enigmatic and controversial writer than one of our most respected actors? In a fabulous start to the New Year DANIELLE CORMACK will take to Downstage alone, to explore the dynamic world of Katherine Mansfield.

Every word spoken is Mansfield’s own. We meet her on her return to home soil at eighteen years old, we share her frustration with the parochialism of early New Zealand, the anxiety and bohemian elation of her first years back in London, the frustrations of her first marriage, the devastating death of her brother, a second chance at love, onset of tuberculosis and above all her passion for writing, which was to be the sustaining force of her too short life.

Wellington’s own CATHERINE DOWNES wrote and performed seasons of The Case Of Katherine Mansfield to unanimous acclaim in England, Scotland, The Netherlands, America, Australia and New Zealand throughout the late seventies right up until the early nineties. Downes was awarded the Festival Times Award and the Scotsman Omnibus Award at the 1979 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Best Radio Play ABC Australia in 1981 and was nominated for a PYE Award for Best Radio Play BBC World Service.

Appearances in kiwi soap operas have led DANIELLE CORMACK to become a household name, but Cormack chose to leave behind the security of an ongoing role, delving into theatre and film instead. Drawn to acting parts that contrast with previous work, Cormack likes the challenge of breaking new ground professionally, and she continues to show considerable range in her chosen roles.

“The thing about Katherine Mansfield – and what she is most notorious for – is the way that she lived her life, which is incredibly modern”, says Cormack. “And for that alone, I really admire her. I really don’t believe she was a lesbian and I really don’t believe that she was a heterosexual. In fact, I think of her as a sexual being, and to employ or adopt any of these sexual terms or constraints seems completely redundant.”

“Risk, risk everything. Care not for what people say, for fear breeds failure” (Katherine Mansfield) and that’s so true. She’s left an interesting legacy of going against the grain, of living on the edge, of really experiencing life. There seemed to be a co-dependency between the way she lived her life and her writing. Without her writing, she couldn’t live, but without the way that she lived her life, she couldn’t write.

Directed by KATIE WOLFE, whose production of The Women won Wolfe a Chapman Tripp Award in 2005, envisages this version of Mansfield to focus on Mansfield’s shifting mood and nuance. “Katherine Mansfield was a woman far ahead of her time who you have to admire for her bravery, independent spirit and determination to follow her own instincts and pursue her ambitions. Sudden anger, self-deprecating humour, an acute eye for irony and the ridiculous, the joy and fear of living, the pose and the twinkle – the intimacy offered will be irresistible”.

‘Catherine Downes' finely crafted assemblage of Mansfield writing creates a picture as radiant and mysterious as her subject.’ NZ Herald

‘A virtuoso tour- de- force’ Time Out magazine, London

‘The Case of Katherine Mansfield has wit and charm enough to score even where its subject may be unknown’ Variety Magazine: USA

‘A powerfully executed work of Art.’ The Listener

‘Downes has held on to Mansfield’s rich language, weaving in readings from three of her best-known short stories—Prelude, Bliss, and The Doll’s House—which, like a born storyteller, Cormack brings to life in entrancing animation’ ViewAuckland.co.nz


Director
Katie Wolfe

Starring
Danielle Cormack

Designers
Rachael Walker
Jane Hakaraia
Jason Smith

Performance Times
Mon - Thu 6.30pm
Fri & Sat 8pm
$20 Public Preview Wed 17 Jan
FREE Post Show Talkback Wed 17 Jan
Matinee Sat 27 Jan 2pm

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>

ALSO:

Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news