Musings on Mansfield

Sue Casson

2 Apr 2022

Why now is the time to revisit Two Tigers

Two Tigers blazed a trail, when it became the first musical by a woman to be shortlisted for The PRS Vivian Ellis Prize in 1986. Two years later, to mark the centenary of the birth of the woman who inspired it - New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield - the show was staged at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mansfield's life was cut short by TB, and 2023 is the centenary of her death, which seems a good time to revisit that show. Sue Casson is presently adapting her original score and dramatic scenes as she rethinks the focus and presentation ahead of a planned recording this Autumn and staging next year. She is documenting this process in a series of blogs, Mansfield Musings, which have already caught the attention of the author's House & Garden in Wellington where they feature in their latest newsletter.

Since that first production of Two Tigers, Mansfield's literary reputation as an innovative modernist has grown, whilst her themes of identity and self-fulfilment are timeless as well as topical. It seems the time is right for a radical reimagining.

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