Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)

Bristol Old Vic, Opening Press Night Thursday 12 Sept, 7pm.
Blog and photograph by Marcia Walker Bristol Women’s Voice

Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, captivated her principled readers in Regency England over two hundred years ago with her opening line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”  Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) ‘rom-com’ adaptation of this famous line, performed by an extremely talented all female cast as hilariously voiced through the eyes of, ‘six female servants in Regency England’, first produced by Tron Theatre Company, Glasgow and Blood of the Young on 29 June 2018, wittingly reasoned on opening press night, Thursday 12th September, hosted by the superb Bristol Old Vic; ‘’Love’s irrelevant.  We are talking about marriage.’’ 

This cleverly written adaption by writer and performer Isobel McArthur, whose servant character Flo, played with ease the colourful Mrs Bennett and the haughty Mr Darcy, took the spellbound audience on a glee filled journey to, ‘never-before seen versions of him and the whole Bennet clan’. 

Meghan Tyler hilariously and movingly captivated the role of Elizabeth.  The extremely talented trumpet playing Hannah Jarrett-Scott’s performance of Mr Bingley literally had the audience in ‘fits of laughter’.  Felix Forde, Christina Gordon and Tori Burgess equally enthralled, as did the wonderful set of Meryton and Netherfield that heralded some of the best karaoke songs, sang beautifully by all the cast.  The lighting and sound team secured enjoyment of this magical show. 

Blog and photograph by Marcia Walker, BWV. 

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