£25 Join us for a lively and varied performance, with engaging drawing-room intimacy, celebrating the life, mind and writings of one of our greatest novelists. The performance is one-woman show, consisting entirely
Join us for a lively and varied performance, with engaging drawing-room intimacy, celebrating the life, mind and writings of one of our greatest novelists.
The performance is one-woman show, consisting entirely of Jane Austen’s words: it celebrates the variety and wit of her writings, with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels, and takes us into the attitudes, imagination and sensations of those who lived in country houses and rectories in the early nineteenth century. We include much of her perceptive (often satirical) observation of the social life of the English county families. The extracts also capture her warm-heartedness and affection.
Starring Kate Cavendish. Kate studied Drama at the University of Exeter before training as an actor at the New York Film Academy followed by the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In her graduating year she played Portia in The Merchant of Venice, directed by Bill Alexander, and was awarded the Newton Blick award for Acting. Stage credits include: Claire in Little One (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Estelle in The Star Child (Poly Theatre), Oberon/Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Reversed Shakespeare Company) and Dora in Airswimming (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Devised and Directed by Stephen Siddall
Producer Jeremy Musson
Stephen Siddall (Director) was Head of English at The Leys School Cambridge. He has directed for BBC 2
as well as fifteen Renaissance plays for the university and city at Cambridge Arts Theatre, and A Doll’s House and
Waiting for Godot for Horseshoe Theatre Company. Cambridge University Press has published his books: Shakespeare on Stage, Landscape and Literature. He recently devised and directed The Monarch of Wit, a celebration of the life and writings of John Donne.
Jeremy Musson (Producer) is an author, broadcaster and historic buildings expert; a former National Trust assistant curator, and architectural editor at Country Life magazine in 1998-2007. His publications include How to Read a Country House and Up and Down Stairs (A History of the Life of a Country House Servant). He is interested in the history of drawing room performance and private theatricals.
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