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Jane Austen Festival


The 2018 Jane Austen Festival -

Events at The Mission Theatre

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MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER:

Mr Wickham and Mrs Clarke: The call-up and the Commission – talk – 12.15pm (duration 1 hour)

Including the militia’s place in Austen’s novels, this lively, entertaining talk lifts the lid on one of the most outrageous military episodes of the 19th century. The scandalous Mary Anne Clarke, mistress of the Duke of York, sold commissions at mate’s rates to her favourite gentlemen. Mary Anne ruined a reputation, revealed a shocking feud between brothers and left the royal family reeling.

Tickets: £8 Available online HERE

 

Austen Sisters – Presentation – 2pm (duration 1 hour)

A dramatic and diverting literary recital of readings from Jane and her sister Cassandra’s letters, prose and poetry. Including extracts from Austen’s juvenilia, novel Persuasion and Cassandra’s moving letter to their niece following Jane’s death. Compiled and performed by talented TV actress Rowan Suart and illustrating Austen’s preoccupation with sisters in her prose.

Tickets: £8 Available online HERE

‘The apothecary to send for…’ – presentation with John White – 8pm (duration 1½ hours with interval)

James Buchan is an Itinerant Apothecary travelling from town to town, erecting his ‘bothy’ at markets and fairs, from which he sells potions and remedies, attends to common ailments and injuries and demonstrates remedies and techniques. As a ‘qualified’ Apothecary, he explains the nature and make-up of society, contrasting his role and situation in life with that of the grand ‘Doctors of Physic’ and the rough and coarse Surgeons!

Tickets: £12 Available online HERE

 

TUESDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER:

 

‘I never wish to offend’ – Georgian Etiquette – 11.30am (duration 1 hour)

Lynette White’s introduction to the hilarious world of etiquette, faux pas and muddled manners in Jane Austen’s novels. Find out the wrong way to propose, how not to flirt and why French manners were so very bad! Discover the shifting sands of good manners, during the turbulent social changes in Austen’s lifetime.

Tickets: £8 Available online HERE

 

CANCELLED!

Jane Austen’s England: A Walking Guide – talk

 

‘The Admiralty entertains…’ – presentation by John White – 8pm (duration 1½ hours with interval)

Able Seaman William Knight having spent his adult life in the Royal Navy is a veteran of numerous actions. Knight recounts the nature of service ‘before the mast’ – man and boy! The horrors of battle, the hardships and privations, Press Gangs, poor food and harsh punishments. He also describes the death of Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, when the nation was robbed of possibly its greatest hero.

Tickets: £12 Available online HERE

WEDS 19TH SEPTEMBER:

Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama – 7.30pm (duration 2½ hours with interval)

Chamber Opera Tours is thrilled to bring its original musical adaptation to the Jane Austen Festival in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion.  This popular production has toured the UK and North America the past five years and features music from Jane Austen’s manuscripts, fully staged with chamber orchestra, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers!

Tickets: £18 Available online HERE

 

THURS 20TH SEPTEMBER:

Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama – Matinee 3pm (duration 2½ hours with interval)

Chamber Opera Tours is thrilled to bring its original musical adaptation to the Jane Austen Festival in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion.  This popular production has toured the UK and North America the past five years and features music from Jane Austen’s manuscripts, fully staged with chamber orchestra, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers!

Tickets: £18 Available online HERE

Rational Creatures – spoken word performance – 8pm (Duration 1½ hours with interval)

‘I hate to hear you talk about women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.’ Beautiful and thought provoking, Rational Creatures uses poetry performance to explore the diverse female voices throughout Austen’s work. Showcasing her timeless wit and relevance today, it celebrates how she empowered generations of women to write, to think and to speak.

Tickets: £8 Adult, £6 Student (with SU card) Available online HERE

 

FRIDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER:

The Longbourn Letters – Mr Collins & Mr Bennet – Rose Servitova – 11am (Duration 1 hour)

This delightful novel is the tale of the correspondence between Mr Collins and Mr Bennet. ‘A glorious epistolary novel that mixes laugh-out-loud hilariousness with serious social comment and touching sentiment…’ (Jane Austen Regency World Magazine) Author Rose Servitova looks at the relationship between Mr Bennet and Mr Collins, Austen’s most comical minor characters. Four of their letters are captured in Pride & Prejudice but what of the others?

Tickets: £8 Available online HERE

In conversation with Adrian Lukis (aka Mr Wickham) – 12.30pm (Duration 1 hour)

Join Adrian Lukis, perhaps better known as Pride and Prejudice’s dashing Mr Wickham, in conversation with author Catherine Curzon. Familiar to viewers from Pemberley to Downton and beyond, Adrian will recall his experience filming the iconic BBC adaptation as well as his long and varied career on stage and screen.

Tickets: £16 Available online HERE

 

SATURDAY 22TH SEPTEMBER:

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Building Austen’s World: Architectural Fact and Fiction in Jane Austen - with Dr Amy Frost - 11.45am
(duration 1 hour)

What would Pride and Prejudice be without the view of Pemberley? How wold the progress of Persuasion change without those steps in Lyme? Buildings, streets and settings are vital characters in the novels of Jane Austen. They reveal to the reader in a couple of sentences, or even just a few words, key insights into not just Austen’s literary world, but into the reality of her life in Georgian England. This talk by Dr Amy Frost, will explore the fact and fiction of Jane Austen’s architecture creations.

Tickets: £14 Available online here

Panniers, Pockets and Petticoats: Underwear in Georgian England – talk – 2pm (Duration 1 hour)

Was it really fashionable to be ‘expensively and nakedly dressed’? Historian Dr Serena Dyer takes a peak beneath the petticoats of Austen and her heroines to see what women actually wore underneath those muslin gowns. Come along for a chance to see and handle reproduction stays from throughout Austen’s lifetime and to learn what went into creating the perfect Georgian silhouette.

Tickets: £10 Available online HERE

‘…one wish for air and liberty…’: - illustrated talk by Charlotte Gale - 6pm (Duration 1 hour)

An Exploration of Gardens and Landscapes in the novels and life of Jane Austen provides a unique insight into the English landscape. From her letters, we learn she is excited by the contortions of the Labyrinth in Sydney Gardens and enjoys the Picturesque landscape of Beechen Cliff. Landscape ‘improvements’ and trends in ‘ornamental gardening’ are topics of debate within her novels and enliven our understanding of garden history today.

Tickets: £8 Available online HERE

Darcy’s Ball – theatrical Finale– 8pm (Duration 1 hour)

Imagine events unfolding after the finale of Pride & Prejudice.  Mr & Mrs Darcy quake as Lady de Bourgh arrives unannounced to right wrongs and put Elizabeth in her place. This hilarious improvised performance poses the question, what happened next? Find out as the award winning Natural Theatre company return for an evening of bonnets and banter.

Tickets: £16 Available online HERE

SATURDAY 22TH SEPTEMBER:

Persuasion - with John Mullan - 10.30am
(Duration 1½ hours)

Back by popular demand and a Festival favourite, John Mullan is Professor of English at University College London and has taught Austen for over 25 years. An amusing and highly entertaining speaker, John’s views on Persuasion are bound to be enlightening.

Tickets: £14 Available online HERE

Earlier Event: September 13
Folklore
Later Event: September 25
COUCH - Musical Theatre Workshop