Blue Sky Theatre Productions

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility
by Jane Austen
January 14-28, 2017

Romance and gossip in the garden

A fun-filled adaptation of Sense and Sensibility performed in local gardens over three weekends next January 2017 as a new initiative from Open Gardens SA.

It’s an outdoor version Jane Austen’s beloved novel complete with gossiping neighbours, giggly girls and eligible bachelors.

After their father’s untimely death, sisters Marianne and Elinor Dashwood (played by Kate Van Der Horst and Laura Kiil) lose their fortune, their home, and all their prospects for love. But fortunes can turn again if only they can find an eligible bachelor with plenty of cash. The plucky heroines prove there’s more than one way to find a man to marry.

Award-winning Adelaide director Dave Simms filled the timeless classic with humour and bold theatricality, giving audiences a whole new way to fall in love with the classic comedy.

“As the sun sets in the garden my troupe of actors pack the evening with youthful energy, playing many different roles and running around with all the furniture they need to tell this romantic tale in an outdoor setting,” he says.

The garden was transformed from a stately home to a cottage in Devonshire, where Marianne is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (played by James Edwards) and the sensible Colonel Brandon (Josh Coldwell). Meanwhile, Elinor’s romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Lee Cook) are hindered when she discovers he’s already engaged.

Also in the cast: experienced Adelaide actors Miriam Keane, Lindy LeCornu, Steve Marvanek, Nicole Rutty and Georgia Stockham.

Sense and Sensibility was held at a garden in Brook Rd, Victor Harbor on 14 and 15 January, Stangate House Aldgate on 21 and 22 January, and Beaumont House, Beaumont on 26 January (Australia Day), 27 and 28 January.

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