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A kaleidoscopic musical drama about the extraordinary life and works of New Zealand-born modernist writer Katherine Mansfield, and her lifelong love affair with publisher John Middleton Murry, who ensured her legacy. Her short intense life was crammed with experiences that she transmuted into visceral writing, which have steadily grown in reputation

in the century since her death.  

  • SoundCloud

'A memorable show full of haunting original songs - stunning'

The Scotsman

Two Tigers is currently in development for performances 

to mark the centenary of Katherine Mansfield's death in 

2023

Composer of Two Tigers, Sue Casson is presently looking through her original score and notes to re-imagine the show a lifetime on. In a new series of blogs, Mansfield Musings, she looks afresh at different aspects of the pioneering writer's life and her own continuing affinity with her subject as she revisits her songs and scenes.

The story so far

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VIVIAN ELLIS PRIZE

1986

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.

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

Virginia Woolf on Katherine Mansfield