Kate JasonSmith has spent most of her working life in theatre, film and television.
She has worked as an actor, production designer, director, writer and producer, in Aotearoa, Australia, UK and Ireland.
Kate was originator and producer of the highly successful Hens' Teeth that entertained NZ audiences for over 13 years.
She directed the film Xmas for Lou, which won NZFTV Best Drama. Kate taught screen acting at the NZ Drama School Toi Whakaari and at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre.
Her solo play I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero premiered at BATS Theatre in 2018. Kate has since performed the play around NZ, at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and at Adelaide Fringe 2020, where it was acclaimed Best Female Solo Theatre Show 2020.
Kate produced and compered The Older the Better at Circa December 2020 - the sellout show starring 3 performers over 90.
Name: KJS Productions
My Role: To produce I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero
I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero premiered at BATS theatre in 2018, and has performed in at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals - where it was accoladed Best female Solo Theatre 2020.
I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero
Development Status: Tour Ready
Phyllis Garvin, an Irish QA nurse on the WWII battleﬁelds who lived most of her life in NZ, was honoured with France’s highest decoration, the Légion d’Honneur for extreme bravery.
Phyllis spoke of bombs screaming overhead, of crawling around hospital tents, the constant stream of wounded and dying soldiers.
Sent to the front lines on D-Day, Phyllis followed the battles through Europe and finally to the liberation of Belsen. Amid this drama she found the love of her life, a Catholic, thus igniting a personal war with her mother, a Protestant.
I’ll Tell You This for Nothing – My Mother the War Hero recounts this tale of war, courage, romance and danger, in a solo performance written and acted by her daughter Kate.
“Don’t miss a marvelous show about the wages of love and war from a veteran performer who oozes class.” Five Stars. Adelaide Sunday Mail
Creative Team and Crew
Written & performed by Kate JasonSmith
Directed by Jan Bolwell.
Dramaturge Deb Filler
Designer Lisa Maule
Soundscape David Downes
Number of People in the Touring Party
Government House, Wellington (Invitation only) November 10th 2020
Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide, Australia, February 14th - 25th 2020
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, UK, August 1st – 26th 2019
Globe Theatre, Dunedin, March 27th - 30th 2019
Tiny Theatre, Auckland, March 6th - 8th, & 10th 2019
La Fiesta Festival, Whanganui, February 23rd 2019
BATS Theatre, Wellington, September 18th - 23rd 2018
Reviews and Quotes
"Superb performance by Kate JasonSmith telling the story of her mother Phyllis, who was honoured with France's highest decoration, the Legion d’Honneur, for her bravery in WWII. Engaging hour that took you into the theatre of war and the affairs of the heart".
Best Female Solo Theatre Show. Sunday Mail Fringe Awards 2020. FRINGE FIVE STARS
"Hearty congratulations to multi-talented Kate JasonSmith. Don't miss a marvelous show about the wages of love and war from a veteran performer who oozes class."
Matt Byrne - At The Fringe The Advertiser Sunday Mail
"Superb, from the first minute to the last, this Australian premiere of Kate JasonSmith's tribute to her mother Phyllis, an Irish nurse in WWII, is a treat for theatre lovers…. Here there is humour, horror, pathos and poignancy that only the very best drama can convey."
Craig Cook, 16 February 2020. RATING: 5 Stars The Adelaide Advertiser
"The story flits between horror and hope; between the dry humour of frontline life in Belgium and the vileness of a posting to Belsen; between romance with Kate’s officer father – a Catholic – and the bigotry of Phyllis’ protestant mother...
It’s a warm portrait, not only of JasonSmith’s mother, who earned the Legion d’Honneur, but to all the women of her generation."
David Pollock, 07 Aug 2019 The Scotsman Edinburgh
Technical Rider & International Touring Info (if applicable)
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