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By Lorae Parry
Director: Susan Wilson
Starring: Isobel McKinnon as K.M. and Jessica Robinson as L.M. & Virginia Woolf
Set Design: Lisa Maule
Lighting Design: Marcus McShane
Costume: Sheila Horton Costume
AV Design: Haami Hawkins and Lisa Maule
Music/Sound: Michael Nicholas Williams
FROM THE WORDS OF MANSFIELD, WOOLF & FRIENDS
A witty look at love, life and literature
Part of WTF! 2018 and KM130
18 Aug – 15 Sep
Tues – Sat 7.30pm
$25 – $52
with Isobel MacKinnon as K.M. and Jessica Robinson as L.M. & Virginia Woolf
Run Time: 90 Minutes with no interval
Middle C – A girdle round about the earth – Katherine Mansfield as a “wild colonial girl” at Circa Theatre By Peter Mechen, 21/08/2018
In 1908 Katherine Mansfield set sail for London, never to return. After meeting Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield wrote: “I have nothing to say to charming women. I feel like a cat among tigers.”
Virginia’s first impressions of Katherine Mansfield were: “I’m a little shocked by her commonness… She seems to have gone every sort of hog since she was 17.”
Against a colourful background of the people and places that shaped Katherine Mansfield’s “many hundreds of selves”, this play shows these two literary rivals developing a special relationship which defies stereotypes and gossip.
“Parry’s Katherine Mansfield, the ‘colonial’ girl at large in a hard and dazzling world takes us close to ‘the real thing’ … does justice to the amusing, clever, compassionate, constantly self-examining personality it engages with. And it shows us Virginia Woolf as well in a freshly slanting light.” – Vincent O’Sullivan.
Presented by arrangement with Playmarket
The extracts remaining in copyright are included with permission from The Society of Authors as the Literary Representative of the Estate of Katherine Mansfield.
Playwright Lorae Parry has selected some of the most colourful passages of her play Bloomsbury Women & the Wild Colonial Girl about the relationship between Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf. Readings by Lorae Parry and actor Carmel McGlone.