Born in Geraldton, Kate Mulvany's childhood was interspersed with frequent hospital visits to Perth due to a form of kidney cancer, Wilms' tumour. Back in Geraldton, she mixed happily with the close-knit Sicilian community that resided in the town.
Mulvany graduated from Curtin University in 1997. She began her theatre career in Perth and later moved to Sydney where she worked with the Sydney Theatre Company, Company B Belvoir and Pork Chop Productions. She has also been writer-in-residence at the Naked Theatre Company, Sydney.
In 2007 Mulvany was nominated in the Best Actress in a Lead Role category in the Sydney Theatre Awards for her performance in her play, The Seed. In 2011, Mulvany adapted and acted in the Bell Shakespeare production of Julius Caesar.
'Corrigan is a town populated by barnacles: hard shells that clench themselves shut and choose not to know.'
'Charlie Bucktin is a geeky thirteen-year-old living in a country WA town in 1965. He's probably the only teenager who reads books in a town that's sport mad. His best mate Jeffrey Lu is Vietnamese, and isn't having such a good time of things either.
'Jasper Jones is an Indigenous 14 year-old that lives on the outside of town and the wrong side of the tracks. One summer night, Jasper takes Charlie to his secret glade in the bush. Charlie witnesses a terrible discovery and is suddenly embroiled in a plot with more twists and turns than any of the novels he so dearly loves.
'Barking Gecko is thrilled that talented playwright and actor Kate Mulvany will adapt Craig Silvey's multiple award-winning, best-selling novel, Jasper Jones for WA audiences.' (Production summary)