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11th to 15th October 2017

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Friday 13th October 7.30pm : Spread Eagle Hotel : £12.00 (Concessions £10.00)

This is Jane Austen like you’ve never seen or heard her before - amazing theatre with startlingly accurate characters that make you weep with laughter.

Fresh from their triumph with sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, their residency in London’s Leicester Square and a BBC Radio 4 special to mark the  bicentenary of Austen’s death, Austentatious bring to life a ‘new’ Jane Austen novel that we absolutely guarantee you have not read -for it’s not yet been rediscovered.

The cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel at each performance, based on nothing but a title suggested by the audience -  so no two shows are ever the same!

in period costume with live music, the show will come to life before your very eyes in the most dramatic way! This is a Regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard Darcy fans alike.

“Ridiculously silly…wickedly funny” The Times

“A joy to behold” The Guardian

“Supersmart and terrifically funny” The Scotsman

A bravura slab of improvisation” TheIndependent

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1.00am : Players Theatre £8.00  

Human Story Theatre, run by Amy Enticknap and Gaye Poole, focuses on new writing with a health and social care issue at heart.

This is a workshop featuring extracts from two new plays by playwrights, Zena Forster (The Last Dog) and Gaye Poole (DRY) brought alive by professional actors.

The extracts are followed by an open discussion with the writers & actors on how such issues are brought to the stage and the value of  doing so to help us understand the Human Story better.

The Last Dog: A feminist comedy about prostate cancer. Who says women don't have a sense of humour?  Zena Forster has written dramas for both Radio 3 and Radio 4 but has recently moved into theatre.stage adaptation of Kate Clanchy’s Antigona and Me, was described by Daily Info as a ‘superb, life-affirming play”.

DRY: The Wilsons may be middle class and middle aged but there is  nothing middling about their alcohol intake. Can they keep the ‘toxic' out of ‘intoxicated' and keep the family together, or is it a ‘case' of sorrows drowned.  Gaye Poole has written many plays, including Connie’s Colander about Dementia which is still successfully  touring and Flat 73 about loneliness and the Samaritans.

TAL Festival is delighted to host this amazing company of actors and writers. Come and spend a very enjoyable hour with them and learn about their unique approach to theatre.

Jane Austen at Home

Devised and Directed by Stephen Siddall. Produced by Jeremy Musson, Performed by Hannah Lee

7.00pm : Players Theatre: £9.00        (Concessions £8.00)

This lively and witty one-woman show celebrates the life and writings of one of our greatest novelists. It consists entirely of Jane Austen’s words, performed by Hannah Lee with engaging drawing-room intimacy.

Extracts from Jane’s memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels transport us into country-house living in the early nineteenth century. Jane’s perceptive (often satirical) observation of the social life of English county families, their attitudes and sensations, are revealed, as well as capturing her warm-heartedness and affection.

Jeremy Musson is an author, broadcaster, and historic buildings expert with an interest in private theatricals and the history of drawing-room performance

Hannah Lee trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Stage credits include The Mousetrap, The Nutcracker, Pride and Prejudice, The School for Scandal, As You Like It

‘… Think of it as dipping into a selection box of the author's best-known works, but also a chance to sample unfamiliar treats’ Anne McElvoy, journalist and broadcaster

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