Other Fiction & Stories
The Taxidermist’s Daughter
Chichester Festival Theatre, 2022
Adapted by the author from her No 1 bestselling novel, a Gothic thriller of revenge and secrets set in Fishbourne in 1912 as the flood waters are rising.
Connie Gifford lives alone with her father in what remains of his once famous taxidermy museum. Robbed of her memory by a childhood accident, Connie starts to realise that the past has a long shadow and a conspiracy to cover up a crime committed ten years ago threatens to destroy her calm of the Sussex village. A story of revenge and cold justice, set in the atmospheric landscape of the Fishbourne Marshes, the play asks the question of what a woman should do when the people who should stand up for justice are the very men she should most fear.
The world premiere opened the 60th anniversary season at Chichester Festival Theatre, Kate’s home town, directed by Roisin McBrinn and designed by Paul Wills.
Script published by Nick Hern Books, 2022
The Queen of Jerusalem
Venue to be confirmed, Spring 2024
A major commission celebrating Melisende, the extraordinary 12th century Queen of Jerusalem, who ruled over the Holy Land during one of the most turbulent centuries in history, with the support – and sometimes the opposition – of her sisters. This is untold women’s history of the Crusader Era.
Sky Theatre Arts Live, 2009
Commissioned by Sandi Toksvig for Sky Theatre Arts Live, Syrinx is Kate’s first play.
A one-act, 30 minute drama, for four actresses. Set in the present day, in a head teacher’s office before the school Prize Giving, it’s a story of haunting and female friendship. The headteacher is retiring and has decided to use the opportunity to bring together her two oldest school friends to repair the breakdown in their friendship following a tragedy some years before.
A story of grief and remembering, about the ‘What If’ moments in life, Syrinx had its debut at the Sky Television Studios in London in July 2009 directed by Patrick Sandford. Since then, it has had many amateur productions.
The Bush Theatre, 2011
To celebrate the reopening of the Bush Theatre in London, Artistic Director Josie Rourke commissioned Sixty Six Books, a sequence of dramatic monologues interpreting each of the books of the King James Bible to celebrate its 400th year. Kate’s text was the final book of the New Testament, The Book of Revelation, and was directed by Philip Franks. Other authors included Jeanette Winterson, Anne Michaels, Stella Duffy, Andrew Motion, Wole Soyinka, Jackie Kay, Neil la Bute, Owen Sheers, Moira Buffini, Kwame Kweih Armah, Carol Anne Duffy, Toby Litt, Billy Bragg, Archbishop Rowan Williams, Brian Chikwava, Kamila Shamsie and David Edgar.
Kate Mosse answers some questions about The Book of Revelation here.