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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. 

  • SoundCloud

'5 stars. A stunningly

well-crafted show which beguiles as it illuminates the life of an important 20th century feminist icon'


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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

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JMM (Lucas McQueen) KM (Lily Casson) LM (Emily Mahi'ai) with Avril Gilchrist (Sue Casson).
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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.

Created for #KM100NZ, watch extracts from the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe workshop production and Sue Casson's podcast interview with Thos Ribbits from MusicalTalk

The story so far




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.



Hear Sue Casson in conversation with MusicalTalk's Thos Ribbits 

Read Sue Casson talking to The New Current at
Ed Fringe 2023

I was jealous of her writing - the only writing I have ever been jealous of.

Virginia Woolf on Katherine Mansfield

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