Firstly, I must make mention of the performers, Lucy Gray, Dannie Harris, Leah Jamieson, Emmy Stonelake and Megan Louise Wilson who work so incredibly hard, whilst remaining on stage pretty much all the way through this 2-hour 35-minute show (including interval). We are introduced to them to the soundtrack of the Elvis Costello classic ‘Every Day I Write the Book’ sung through the aid of a portable karaoke machine and handheld microphones which feature heavily bringing us some bizarre, but great musical choices that are slotted in throughout the show. The songs of Bonnie Tyler and Candi Staton never really made me think of Jane Austen before, but after seeing the show I have different thoughts!
Under the Direction of Isobel McArthur and Simon Harvey, the show takes us inside the novel through the eyes of the servants who wait hand and foot on the upper classes. Each performer takes on many roles and we meet Fitzwilliam Darcy, Elizabeth Bennett and Lady Catherine de Bourgh (which of course sounds eerily similar to Chris De Burgh…..you’ve guessed which song ensued!) in their home town of Meryton. The story follows the journey of Mrs Bennett who needs to marry off her daughters with many amusing plot twists and general silliness.