“Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
“It is not what we think or feel that makes us who we are. It is what we do. Or fail to do...”
Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen originally published anonymously in 1811. In this case lovingly adapted by Alison Munro and Heather Farr, we tell the story of the three Dashwood sisters. After the death of their father we follow the young women to their new home, a bleak cottage on the property of a distant relative, where they experience love, romance and heartbreak.
The play will run from the 14th to the 17th of February 2018
Our auditions operate as follows:
- All are welcome
- No preparation is necessary
- The rehearsal rooms are up the Shearwood Rd side of the Drama Studio past the stage door
- There is a coded lock on the door, if no-one is about to let you in please knock
- Elinor Dashwood
- the sensible and reserved eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Henry Dashwood. She becomes attached to Edward Ferrars.
- Marianne Dashwood
- the romantically inclined and eagerly expressive second Dashwood daughter She is the object of the attentions of Colonel Brandon and Mr Willoughby.
- Colonel Brandon
- A deeply moral and good natured man and a close friend of Sir John Middleton. He falls in love with Marianne at first sight. Will need to fight a short sword duel, and lift and carry Marianne
- Edward Ferrars
- the elder of Fanny Dashwood's two brothers. He forms an attachment to Elinor Dashwood. He is very uncertain of himself but always try to do the right thing. Plagued by an early engagement to Lucy Steele
- a dashing figure who charms Marianne and shares her artistic and cultural sensibilities. Will need to fight a short sword duel, and lift and carry Marianne
- Mrs Dashwood
- Mother to the Dashwood sisters, who struggles with the limitations of her financial standing when the family have to leave Norland.
- Margaret Dashwood
- the youngest Dashwood a plain spoken tomboy, often unaware of the relationship wrangling that is going on around her, or is she?
- Mrs Jennings
- Mother to Charlotte Palmer. She and her son-in-law, Sir John Middleton, take an active interest in Elinor and Marianne and seek to encourage suitable matches. Very up beat gossipy character.
- Sir John Middleton
- a wealthy, sporting man who served in the army with Colonel Brandon. A gentle spirit.
- Lucy Steele
- Engaged to Edward Ferrars, she is attractive, clever, manipulative, cunning and scheming.
- Miss Grey
- a wealthy and malicious heiress whom Mr Willoughby married to retain his comfortable lifestyle after he is disinherited by his aunt / Will have a double up with Betsy (A house servant in Barton Cottage)
- The Dashwoods most loyal and trusted servant, and the only one who gets to stay with them when they leave Norland / Will have a double up with a non speaking Duel Second
- Mrs Palmer
- the daughter of Mrs Jennings and the younger sister of Lady Middleton, Mrs Palmer is jolly but empty-headed and laughs at inappropriate things, such as her husband's continual rudeness to her and to others.
- Mr Palmer
- the husband of Charlotte Palmer , a dry wit.
- Doctor Harris
- who attends to Marianne when she becomes gravely ill at the Cleveland estate / Will have a double up with a non speaking Duel Second
- Mrs Jennings’s servant in London, eternally loyal to Mrs Jennings and equally frustrated with Marianne
- Fanny Dashwood
- the wife of John Dashwood, and sister to Edward and Robert Ferrars. She is vain, selfish, and snobbish. She is very harsh to all the Dashwood Women.
- Mr John Dashwood
- the son of Henry Dashwood by his first wife. He intends to do well by his half-sisters, but he has a keen sense of avarice, and is easily swayed by his wife.
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