Two Tigers is a kaleidoscopic musical drama about New Zealand-born modernist writer Katherine Mansfield, 'who lived and died with the Furies at her heels' and her turbulent love affair with John Middleton Murry, who ensured her legacy.
Since Sue Casson's musical was first staged for the centenary of Mansfield's birth the reputation of the spirited short story writer has steadily grown, whilst the man who brought her work to public attention is all but forgotten. The truly modern story of these literary pioneers is re-imagined for the centenary of her death this year.
'5 stars. A stunningly
well-crafted show which beguiles as it illuminates the life of an important 20th century feminist icon'
Production photos featuring Edinburgh Fringe cast
Katherine Mansfield (Lily Casson), John Middleton Murry (Lucas McQueen),
Lesley (Emily Mahi'ai), Avril Gilchrist (Sue Casson)
Find out more at the promotional pdf
Whilst composer of Two Tigers, Sue Casson looked through her original score and notes to re-imagine the show a lifetime on, she looked afresh at different aspects of the pioneering writer's life and her own continuing affinity with her subject in a series of blogs, Mansfield Musings.
The story so far
VIVIAN ELLIS PRIZE
Two songs and a synopsis secured Two Tigers a place in the final of the Vivian Ellis prize,
where scenes were staged in front of a stellar panel including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Don Black.