Back to An Evening at Home with the Austens

My most recent posts have been less related to An Evening at Home with the Austens as I intended this blog to be, so I thought I’d try and focus on the production.

On other posts I’ve mentioned The Ruffled Umbrella Company and the kind of work they do, as well bits and bobs of my experience with the production, including my character research. You can also read our promo pitch on the flyer which I posted as one of my first blog posts. If you don’t have time to go back and read it all now, here’s a quick rundown:

An Evening at Home with the Austens is based around the idea that the Austen family would regularly put on theatricals for friends, family and neighbours. When the audience arrive, we greet them in character as Jane and Henry Austen, and their cousin Eliza(me). We mingle with the audience, chatting with them, as well as setting up the set in character. Henry Austen compere’s the evening and he asks James Austen(in the lighting box) to put out some candles ready for the show! The bulk of the show then begins. The pieces are based on Jane Austen’s early work, including 2 short stories, 2 longer pieces(Evelyn and Three Sisters) and extracts from A History of England. This is interspersed with nursery rhymes and all pieces are performed as the family might have done – complete with bickering and sibling rivalry! There is also an interval in which audience members get another chance to chat with the Austen family. 

Our first performance was in April in Bath, and in July we’re doing a mini-tour to Cornwall: 23rd Liskeard, 24th Truro and 25th Penzance. There is also a possibility of doing another tour to the East of England in the Autumn, and in the very distant future one to the US(We think it would go down well, but will take a long of organisation with funds and visas etc)

At the moment, we’re concentrating on getting the show as good as possible for July, For this we are running a crowdfunding campaign. For those of you not familiar with crowdfunding, its a way of raising money by asking lots of people to give a little bit of money, rather than trying to get a lot of money out of big funders. We’re doing pretty well so far, and have raised enough to cover three days of rehearsal space. We’re £120 away from enough to pay for a whole weeks rehearsal space, but still have a bit of a way to go before raising enough for us to buy our own costumes and pay ourselves a wage! 

We’re not asking something for nothing though. We have a whole host of rewards on offer – from a DVD of the show, to VIP tickets to one of the shows in Cornwall, to a drawing of you in regency dress by our very own Philip Wall. 

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please take a look at our website: http://www.sponsume.com/project/evening-home-austens It would be fantastic if you could back us, if not, it would also make a huge help if you share it on to people you think might be interested. If you have any questions, or even ideas for other rewards, please get in touch by either commenting on here, or by emailing info@ruffledumbrella.co.uk

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this! I’ll let you know how its all going in my blogs from now on, alongside lots of other fun Austen stuff!

Phoebe x

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