Talking of Katherine Mansfield
For immediate release
Talking of Katherine
Mansfield – Circa season 27 Feb - 16 March, then
nationwide AOTNZ tour 5 – 28
Cathy Downes achieved significant success in the UK, NZ and Australia with her award winning production The Case of Katherine Mansfield.
Some decades later, she discusses and performs highlights from the earlier play, offering new insights into its themes, illuminated by a selection of Mansfield’s finest short stories, including the much-loved The Doll’s House. Following a season at Wellington’s Circa Theatre, Arts On Tour NZ is proud to present a nationwide tour of Talking of Katherine Mansfield, featuring an intimate evening with Cathy Downes. See itinerary below.
Catherine Downes, MNZM
Cathy Downes graduated from the Queen Elizabeth II Drama School (now Toi Whakaari).
After several years of professional stage and screen work in NZ, Cathy moved to Europe where she established two theatre companies (in Amsterdam and London). She developed The Case of Katherine Mansfield, with which she won awards in Britain, NZ and then Australia where she was embraced by the performance industry and stayed for several years.
Cathy returned to NZ and was appointed Artistic Director of The Court Theatre, then Director of Downstage Theatre.
She now lives on Waiheke Island and works throughout NZ as a freelance actor and director.
Cathy is a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to the Arts.
Her most recent roles include ‘Joan Didion’ in The Year of Magical Thinking (Circa), ‘Emma Darwin’ in Arthur Meek's Collapsing Creation (NZ tour), ‘Alison’ in both Circa and Centrepoint’s productions of Roger Hall's 4 Flat Whites In Italy, ‘Marie’ in Auckland Theatre Company’s Calendar Girls and ‘Janet’ in both Fortune, ATC and Circa Theatre’s productions of A Shortcut To Happiness. In 2012 Cathy was invited to perform Talking of Katherine Mansfield at the Ubud Readers and Writers festival in Bali and in July this year, she will perform a further season in Singapore.
Friday 5 April Whangarei
The Riverbank Centre, Reyburn House Lane 7.30pm
$20 Book: www.whangareitheatrecompany.org.nz
Whangarei Suit Hire, Rust Ave
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April
The Victoria Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Rd 7.30pm
$30; Students and community card holders $25
The Playhouse Theatre, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts,
University of Waikato, 7.30pm
$25; concession $20; Students (tertiary and secondary) $10
Book: www.ticketek.co.nz; 0800TICKETEK; or in person at Academy or Ticketek outlets
Tauranga Art Gallery 7.00pm
Adult $25; Student/youth/friend of the gallery $20
Book: Tauranga Art Gallery
Sunday 14 April
Dome Room, Poverty Bay Club 7.30pm
$25 Book: Mediterranean Living
Wednesday 17 April New
Alexandra Room, TSB Showplace 7.30pm
Adult $25; Senior/Student $20 (service fees apply)
Book: www.ticketmaster.co.nz; or 0800 111 999; or TSB Showplace office
Thursday 18 April
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 Takaka
Tuesday 23 April Franz Josef
St James’ Church 7.30pm
$25 Book: Glacier Motors cash/eftpos or Bella Vista Motel
Wednesday 24 April Arrowtown
Thursday 25 April Invercargill
Repertory House, Esk/Jed Streets 7.30pm
$25/$18 Book: Invercargill i-Site
A Southland Festival of the Arts Presentation
Friday 26 April
Oamaru Opera House 7.30pm
Adults $25; Seniors/students $20
Book: Oamaru Opera House; www.ticketdirect.co.nz; 0800 4 TICKET
Saturday 27 April Geraldine
The Lodge Theatre 7.30pm
Adults $25; Students $15
Book: Tresjoli Giftware
Sunday 28 April Ashburton
Arts On Tour New
Arts On Tour New Zealand (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand and liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and other talent to country districts. www.aotnz.co.nz