“I think I have now attained the true art of letter writing – which we are told, is to express on paper exactly what one would say to the same person by word of mouth.” ( Jane Austen 1801 )
Although we think of Jane Austen as the author of many famous novels – “Pride and Prejudice”, “Emma”. “Sense and Sensibility” to name but a few – she was also an extremely prolific letter writer.
Her letters to her sister Cassandra and other family members are wonderfully chatty and provide much insight into the period in which she lived and her own everyday life, tastes and opinions.
Fortunately most of her letters were preserved, and several collections have been published, most recently the edition collected and edited by Deirdre Le Faye in 1995.
Using excerpts from her letters and novels, and other opinions of the day, I have devised a repertoire of short, theatrical entertainments which will not only amuse and delight, but leave you feeling just a little more familiar with Jane Austen herself.
Lasting approximately 60 minutes each, the Collection series of fully costumed one act plays and the Conversation series of informal talks, are the perfect choice for libraries, schools, U3A meetings, book clubs, festivals, conferences, private parties, museums, galleries and the like.