EMMA and Jane Austen – a stage interpretation

Jane Austen seems to be cropping up everywhere at the moment.  CricketMuse loves her Persuasion.  But I’m wondering how people like EMMA ,if anyone has seen a stage presentation of the novel, and  if Jane would approve of us taking her beautiful novel and turning it into a visual feast.

Today I got my notice of the next production from The Theatre of the Winged Unicorn, an  amateur theatre group who present their plays at Ceres, in the hills ashort distance  from Geelong in Victoria. This time we are to see Emma and I am looking forward to this.

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One of the attractions of these twice-yearly productions is that they are beautifully presented in an old converted Temperance Hall. The theatre only seats about 100 people.  It is essential to get there very early, particularly if you are not very tall, to get a seat with a clear view of the stage.

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There is a lengthy interval when everyone troops across the road to thechurch hall for a traditional country supper.

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Looking east from the theatre with Geelong in the distance and Corio Bay.

Last year we were treated to Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile

Going to Ceres is more than just going to see a stage performance, it is a total experience,  The atmosphere of the surroundings, the delightful old hall, the excellent production, the old-fashioned supper, mingling with the like-minded theatre-goers and the short drive home through the dark countryside with the lights of Geelong spread out before you, make for a memorable evening.

The images came from The Theatre of the Winged Unicorn

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