Acclaimed performer tours with Arts On Tour NZ
Acclaimed performer tours with Arts On Tour NZ – 5 - 28 April
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.