Director Fiona Samuel
Producer Michele Fantl
Screenplay Fiona Samuel
With Kate Elliott (Katherine Mansfield)
Bliss. The Beginning of Katherine Mansfield
Written and directed by Fiona Samuel and starring award-winning actress Kate Elliott, this Sunday Theatre television production delves into the short story writer’s hunger for experience.
“At age 19 and known as Katie Beauchamp, the young writer struggles to find much to look forward to. It’s the early 1900s and the majority of her friends are getting married and planning their futures as housewives. Katie, meanwhile, dreams of traveling, much to the disappointment and frustration of her parents, particularly her mother, who balks at the sexual content of her daughter’s writing. Desperate to leave home, she arrives in London with a small allowance. During the next year of her life, everything changes: the ambitious Mansfield takes singing lessons and plans to go on the road with a performing arts company. She also causes a stir wherever she goes, falling in love, breaking hearts and polarising people. Rather than focusing on her literary life, much of the drama comes from Mansfield’s tumultuous love life; her intense relationships with both men and women.” – NZ Herald
This is a KM130 Screening:
KM130 is a Wellington city-wide programme of events, exhibitions and performances, celebrating Katherine Mansfield's 130th birthday.
KM130 is proudly brought to you by the New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Katherine Mansfield House & Garden, Circa Theatre, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, and the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Check out our new online exhibition showcasing Katherine Mansfield images, audio and video from the archives.