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Kate Mulvany Kate Mulvany i(A80429 works by)
Born: Established: Geraldton, Geraldton area, Dongara - Geraldton - Northampton area, Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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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.

In 2019, Sydney Theatre Company produced Mulvany's new version of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart, with Caroline Brazier as Mary Stuart and Helen Thomson as Elizabeth Tudor.

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y separately published work icon Playing Beatie Bow 2021 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2021 20740909 2021 single work drama

'Abigail (Catherine Văn-Davies), a teenager dealing with her parents’ messy separation, follows the mysterious young girl Beatie Bow (Sofia Nolan) back through time – from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s The Rocks in the present day to the year 1873, when the suburb was full of struggling immigrant families, gangsters and a whole host of larger-than-life characters. With the help of Beatie, her wise grandmother, and the whole Bow family, Abigail goes on a wild adventure through twisting alleyways of history in a race to find her way home.

'This moving human story is set in and around the real-life suburb that STC calls home and will overflow with history, song and sparkling humour. Grandparents, parents and teenagers will all find something to love in this family story – a combination of Mulvany’s characteristic warmth and vivacity and Williams’ monumental vision.' (Production summary)

2021 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Production for Young People
2021 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Costume Design of a Mainstage Production
The Mares 2019 single work drama

'Stellar playwright Kate Mulvany and award-winning director Leticia Cáceres, two of Australia’s most accomplished artists, evoke the visceral, blood-soaked biosphere of the Amazon warrior women of Greek mythology. [...]

'This brutal, prescient and poetic new work has the wit, wry humour and gravitas we have come to expect from Kate Mulvany. It’s a play for our times, exploring themes of power – physical, sexual and psychological – and weaving parallel narratives as it moves seamlessly through time, style and gender, galloping towards an unexpected yet inevitable climax.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award
2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting
y separately published work icon Mary Stuart 2019 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2020 15628885 2019 single work drama

'Two queens. One crown.

'One of history’s great rivalries. A battle of wits, blood and broken hearts, now reinvented for the stage in majestic scale – the iconic tale of Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England.

'Caroline Brazier (Dinner, ABC’s Rake) is Mary and Helen Thomson (The Harp in the South) is Elizabeth. Two flawed and fascinating women locked in a monumental, murderous feud. The stakes couldn’t be higher. An empire is in jeopardy. A queen’s life hangs in the balance.

'This world premiere production is a finely-tuned spectacle. Guided by award-winning director Lee Lewis, the creative team bring outstanding female perspective and wit to this new adaptation by Kate Mulvany (The Harp in the South). Opulent period-inspired costume and ingenious design reveal both the grandeur and danger of Elizabethan England.

'With plot twists and political intrigue, Mary Stuart transcends its 16th century origins. Based in historical truth, the story is punctuated with an extraordinary and pivotal imagined event; a face-to-face meeting between the two queens. They are each other’s equal – smart, strong, sexy and determined to survive. These heroines were our feminist forbears.

'Following an uprising, Mary has fled Scotland only to be imprisoned in England. Elizabeth feels threatened – Mary is younger, more beloved, and with her own claim to the throne.

'In a world dominated by double-crossing men, these remarkable monarchs scheme and struggle to hold on to power. Do they have more in common than they realise? In another life, another time, the cousins might have been friends. The question now is whether Elizabeth will release Mary – or execute her.' (Production summary)

2020 nominated AWGIE Awards Stage Award
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