Casson's latest collaboration with LCB Photography is a series of beautiful pictures set with quotes from Katherine Mansfield.
'In Two Tigers, Mansfield's story is told in a kaleidoscope of original songs, with her words at the core. With a view to re-imagining the show for the anniversary of her death in 2023, I went back to explore her work, to rediscover the impetus that had first drawn me, exactly 100 years after her birth to approach a telling in this way. A new unexpurgated edition of her notebooks reinforced what I'd really known all along - her love of music and awareness of rhythm and sound is the undersong to her writing,
Now, with LCB Photography I've collected some of the best musical quotes together for a new Twitter series'
Music and Mansfield
Before becoming a writer, Katherine Mansfield aspired to train as a professional cellist. She wrote in her diary years later,
'I'd rather be with musical people than any others... they're mine really.'
Her natural musicianship, love and appreciation of music never left her, and awareness of sound
provides context and meaning to her settings, and is a feature of her writing.
Born into the prosperous Beauchamp family in Wellington,
the middle child of five, Mansfield was surrounded by pictures, books and music. She liked to spend time alone in her room,
a haven of words, etchings and music with a window where she could sit, watch and dream.
The solace she found in words and music continued through the whole of her short life.
She liked to say that she was born during a storm,
at 11, Tinakori Rd, Wellington,
“… a white, wooden, red-roofed house
overlooking the splendid natural harbour,
within sound of the foghorns and close to the shops
and quays of the wet and windy city.”
Mansfield is known for her descriptions of place, vividly describing the look of the landscape, together with
how it looks, smells, and sounds, and how these affect
the emotions of the character within it.
The unseen spell of music and noise interplays with emotional enchantment - invisible, but deeply felt.
Along with her sisters, Mansfield went to school in London, and fell in love with this lively, cosmopolitan, artistic centre
after what she felt to be the provincial colonialism of her home country.
She left her native New Zealand when she was nineteen to seek her fortune in England, initially staying in a hostel for music students in Paddington. She never returned.