Collection

  • Introducing The Collection Series – fully costumed,
    one act theatrical entertainments.



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    Portrait of Marcia Fox, Sir William Beechey 1810

  • “My Emma”

  • “… for my next, I have taken a heroine whom no one but myself will much like” Jane Austen 1814
  • To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Emma” in 1816, this new production reveals a more mature Jane, confident in her abilities as a novelist and for the first time taking an active role in managing her own affairs. Based on her letters of the period and of course the novel itself, here is the opportunity to celebrate the folk of Highbury and none more fascinating than Miss Emma Woodhouse herself.


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    “Portrait of a Young Lady” George Englehart 1807

  • “As Delightful A Creature”

  • “As Delightful A Creature As Ever Appeared In Print” Jane Austen writes Elizabeth Bennet.“…..she really does seem to admire Elizabeth. I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know.” Jane Austen 1813.
  • In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication in 1813 of Jane’s most famous novel, “Pride and Prejudice”, this work is based on Jane’s letters and excerpts from the novel itself. A perfect way to get to know Jane Austen and her favourite character Elizabeth Bennet. Beautifully costumed and elegantly staged – a must see production!


  • “In The Garden With Jane”

  • “To sit in the shade on a fine day and gaze upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment”” Fanny Price in Mansfield Park

    Jane Austen shared a love of gardening and nature with her Mother and sister Cassandra – with her letters frequently coloured by references to what’s in bloom, what’s being planted, what’s ready for picking. From the immediacy of her cottage garden to the grandeur of the grounds of “Pemberley” and “Sotherton” in her novels – let Jane show you through the world of landscape gardening as she knew it.

 



  • “Getting Dressed With Jane”

  • “I cannot determine what to do about my new gown. I wish such things were to be bought ready-made. I want to have something suggested which will give me no trouble of thought or direction. I am so tired of my present stock, that I even blush at the sight of the wardrobe that contains them!”Jane Austen 1800

    Have you ever wondered what Elizabeth Bennet wore under her dress? Or how Emma fastened her gown? Who made their clothes and what fabrics did they use? What is a high-stomacher? What is a bosom friend? Delve into the world of Georgian clothing and share Jane Austen’s love of fashion by spending an hour or so – “Getting Dressed with Jane”, from the underwear to the outerwear and beyond!

 



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  • “Dining with Jane”

  • “We are to have company on Friday! ……. We are to be nine at table! I am most desirous of providing not just a bill of fare suitable to such distinguished company, but one that will cause no embarrassment to our larder – or she who is its keeper”.
  • It is every woman’s dilemna. Guests for dinner – what to serve? For women in Jane Austen’s time it was no different.
  • Searching for recipes, gathering ingredients, arranging the table, preparing the food, serving it up……. Using cookbooks of the period and of course Jane’s letters, let’s explore the world of Regency food.

 



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  • “The 3 R’s According to Jane – Reading, Writing and Romance”

  • “You rejoice me by what you say of Fanny – I am gratified at her having pleasure in what I write – but I wish the knowledge of my being exposed to her discerning criticism may not hurt my style by inducing too great a solicitude. I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration or a metaphor in every corner of the room” JA 1809
  • Where did Jane Austen find the inspiration for her novels? The locations, the characters, the plots? What advice could she give to up and coming novelists? Using sections from “Pride & Prejudice”, “Emma” and “Persuasion” and of course her letters, let’s learn something about Jane’s view of Reading, Writing and Romance!

 



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  • “At Home with Jane”

  • “The flower seeds are coming up, but your mignionette makes a wretched appearance!”

    “Dame Bushell washes for only one week more, John Steven’s wife then undertakes our purification – she does not look as if anything she touches would ever be clean, but who knows?”

    “Have you remembered to collect pieces for the patchwork? We are now at a standstill….”

    “Does butcher’s meat keep up at the same price? And is bread not lower than 2/6?”

    “We dine at half after three, and have done dinner I suppose before you begin….”

    “It was a pleasant evening and rather more amusing than I expected. There were only 12 dances, of which I danced 9 and was merely prevented from dancing the rest by want of a partner. We began at 10, supped at 1, and were home before 5. The room was tolerably full, and there were perhaps 30 couple of dancers. The melancholy part was to see so many women standing without partners – and each of them with two ugly naked shoulders!” Jane Austen 1810

    From gardening before breakfast to a last letter before bed, spend a day with Jane Austen and really get to know her world.