directed and adapted by Bryony J. Thompson
Anne Elliot, at twenty-seven, is no longer young and has no romantic prospects. Nearly eight years ago, she was persuaded to break off her engagement to the dashing Frederick Wentworth, a naval officer with neither fortune nor rank. What happens when they encounter each other again surpasses a satire of vanity and pretension, and tells a story of love, tinged with heartache, missed opportunities, and what it means for a woman to make choices not based on what others think but what is in her heart.
Persuasion is Jane Austen's last novel, completed 200 years ago, in 1816. In this new adaptation, the book will spring from page to stage with a carefully hand picked cast of just six young professionals who will bring to life the unfeeling and silly sisters, the sympathetic grand dames, the bumbling brothers-in-law, the fatuous father, and of course the inscrutable Captain Wentworth and the woman who was persuaded to give him up, Anne Elliot.
Special attention has been paid to the narrative text. Without a proper confidante, much of Anne Elliot's inner thoughts are missed, but not in this production. We see her wrestling with her emotions, endeavouring to find calm in the whirlwind, and arguing her way to discovering what is right.
And then there's the greatest of pleasures in hearing one of the most beautiful love letters in English literature...
On at the Rosemary Branch Theatre til May 22nd and then at the Vera Fletcher Hall June 10th, and the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre 14-19 June.