The Rivers of China

TitleThe Rivers of China
Year for Search1988
AuthorsDe Groen, Alma(b. 1941)
Date Published1988
PublisherCurrency Press
Place PublishedSydney, NSW, Australia
KeywordsAotearoa New Zealand author, Australian author
Annotation

A play with two threads, both concerned with the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923. Born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp). One thread is about the actual experience of Mansfield in the Gurdjieff Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau, France, where she died of TB. The other thread is set in a future gender-role reversal Australia. In this thread Mansfield is recreated in a man's mind, and the play looks at her/his experiences.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Australia Plays: New Australian Drama (London: Nick Hern Books, 1989), 339-97.

Info Notes

 Play was first performed by the Sydney Theatre Company in September 9, 1987, having been workshopped the previous year.

Holding Institutions

VUW

Author Note

The author (b. 1941) was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1964. She has also lived briefly in Canada, England, and France.

Full Text

1988 De Groen, Alma (b. 1941). The Rivers of China. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Currency Press. “Introduction” by Elizabeth Perkins (ix-xv). Rpt. in Australia Plays: New Australian Drama (London: Nick Hern Books, 1989), 339-97. Play was first performed by the Sydney Theatre Company in September 9, 1987, having been workshopped the previous year. VUW

A play with two threads, both concerned with the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923. Born Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp). One thread is about the actual experience of Mansfield in the Gurdjieff Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in Fontainebleau, France, where she died of TB. The other thread is set in a future gender-role reversal Australia. In this thread Mansfield is recreated in a man’s mind, and the play looks at her/his experiences. The female author was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand and moved to Australia in 1964. She has also lived briefly in Canada, England, and France.