Bloomsbury women and the wild colonial girl: a play about Katherine Mansfield

Author(s): Lorae Parry

NZ Fiction | Playscripts

The play focuses on Katherine Mansfield’s friendships and relationships with women, in particular her relationship with Virginia Woolf and her ongoing friendship with Ida Baker (LM). It is compiled entirely from the words of Katherine Mansfield, Ida Baker, Virginia Woolf and other members of The Bloomsbury Group. Lorae Parry was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and moved to New Zealand in 1973. She is a playwright, actress and director with an extensive writing and acting career. She was awarded the Stout Fellowship at Victoria University (NZ) in 1994 and was the first woman playwright to become Writer-In-Residence at Victoria University in 1999. She has a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, and in 2004 was awarded a Queen’s Honour, M.N.Z.M., for her services to the Performing Arts. Katherine Mansfield is New Zealand’s most famous short story writer. Born in 1888 into a prominent middle class family in Wellington, she moved to London in 1903 to complete her schooling at Queen’s College. She returned reluctantly to Wellington in 1906 where she wrote her first published short stories. She formed two romantic relationships with women during this time in Wellington as well as with several young men. The strong bonds of friendship with women were to endure throughout her marriage to John Middleton Murry and throughout her life and are reflected in her writing. She met Virginia Woolf in the autumn of 1916 and the two writers formed an intense relationship based on rivalry and mutual admiration. Woolf once commented that Mansfield was the only writer she’d ever been jealous of. The two women had much in common, and each found in the other a place where she could ‘talk writing’. They were intellectual equals with deep understanding of their craft, and recognition of each other’s strengths and fallibility


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  • : 9780958231015
  • : Play Press
  • : Play Press
  • : October 2010
  • : New Zealand
  • : October 2010
  • : books

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  • : Lorae Parry
  • : Paperback
  • : 823.912
  • : 43