A whimsical window into the magnificent mind of Jane Austen
“Seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised, or a little mistaken.” Jane Austen
By Jane’s Hand returns to La Mama following its sell out season in 2023.
Jane’s life was censored by the patriarchy and romanticised by popular culture. Why did her family burn her letters? How and why did she create? This new work from old collides elements of music and verbatim theatre within a dreamscape. An ensemble piece with three actors playing Jane and characters from ‘Pride and Prejudice’, this play invites you to immerse yourself in Jane’s magnificent mind; bringing what you know about her, her novels, and her meaning to the space; and maybe discover more.
This work has been created/curated from an intergenerational feminist perspective.
Text by Jane Austen
Songs and music by various composers chosen by Jane Austen, arranged by Emma O’Brien
Devised and curated by Emma and Olivia O’Brien of Seldom Theatre Productions
Performers: Isha Menon, Marjorie Butcher, Olivia O’Brien
Directed by Emma O’Brien
Set Design by Emma and Henry O’Brien
Set Construction by Martin Mason and Rod Connolly
Costumes by Susan Halls
Lighting Design by Hannah Willoughby
Dramaturgy by Draf Draffin and Henry O’Brien
Image by Darren Gill
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.
By Jane’s Hand is on VCE Theatre Studies, Unit 4.