© Alan Richardson 2017
"Truly a labour of love for the author and her works... a celebration of the author’s life" -
"A fascinating picture of a genius who totally understood the narrow world she lived in and the people who inhabited it.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening in the company of a woman who might arguably be called the first truly feminist writer" -
"Austensibility is a charming, educational and fun show. It's comprehensive, interesting and well-
"Excellent professional production… Slick and confident… Brilliant… Highly entertaining… Wonderful evening…" -
(Llandinam Drama Group)
The current script is configured for 9 readers -
Can be very adaptable. A row of chairs is all that is required. A lectern could be added with other furnishings to suit. Dramatic readings are particularly ideal for non-
Austensibility is devised to be staged as a dramatised reading (also called a rehearsed reading – where scripts are used by the cast). One great advantage of this type of script is that cast numbers can be adapted by re-
The script is drawn from many of the excellent biographies available, particularly those by David Nokes, Park Honan and Claire Tomalin. Another valuable source was A Memoir of Jane Austen by her nephew, James Edward Austen-
Austensibility is a performance piece. Inevitably, some "licence" has been taken for dramatic purposes, particularly in the extracts from the novels, which have been, in the words of J.A., “lop’t and crop’t”. Please note that in the extracts from the letters and novels, some of the original punctuation and spelling has been retained.