Mansfield one-woman play to mark suffrage
September is New Zealand Theatre Month, and this year is also the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, so drama teacher Louise Keenan and former student Fay Van Der Meulen decided a play that celebrates the life and literary contribution of one of New Zealand’s most iconic female writers was just the ticket.
The Case of Katherine Mansfield by Catherine Downes explores the mind of Mansfield between the years 1908 and 1923.
Mansfield’s desire for freedom and expression is tempered with her need for love and security. She died too early and left us wanting more.
This one-woman play stars Fay Van Der Meulen as Katherine and is directed by Louise Keenan, who lives in Te Awamutu and is head of drama at Morrinsville College.
Fay undertakes Film and Theatre studies at Victoria University of Wellington and is a past drama student from Morrinsville College.
Louise says both women wanted to do a creative project together and this play just ‘clicked’ for them.
Last year Louise and her students brought The Passchendaele Project to the streets of Te Awamutu, as well as Matamata, Cambridge, Hamilton and Morrinsville.
This year she directed Passengers for her students and they performed the play twice at Te Awamutu Little Theatre.
The Case of Katherine Mansfield is coming to the Te Awamutu Little Theatre for one night only on Saturday, September 8.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7pm. Tickets are cash door sales only, $15 adults and $10 students. The content is for adult audiences.
Te Awamutu Country Variety Club is proud to welcome an upand-coming star, Keith Pereira, as special guest at The Bible Chapel this Saturday.
Keith is a young artist, born in Abu Dhabi and now living in Auckland, making his presence known in New Zealand’s country music scene and overseas.
In two years Keith has won numerous awards across New Zealand, taking him to the New Zealand Country Music, Entertainer of the Year Grand final in 2016 and 2017.
Last year he also represented his new country at the New Zealand-Australia Country Music Entertainer of the Year, where he was runner-up and awarded the most promising country artist award.
Keith has performed all around New Zealand and has collaborated with country musicians from across the country on videos for his YouTube channel.
The videos have gained recognition in New Zealand and abroad, manifesting in his first concert overseas in January, followed by shows across Canada in July and August. Keith will release his debut album at the end of this year.
Everyone is welcome to The Bible Chapel this Saturday from 12.30pm to hear Keith and other top country performers from around the region, and the club’s own talented singers and musicians.
Fay Van Der Meulen stars in the one-woman play The Case of Katherine Mansfield.