Mans­field one-woman play to mark suf­frage

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

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.

Photo / Sup­plied

Fay Van Der Meulen stars in the one-woman play The Case of Kather­ine Mans­field.

Keith Pereira.

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