Fringe Review: Jane Austin and Sense & Spontaneity.

Written by on March 12, 2019

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Sense and Spontaneity

A completely different show every night. Fully improvised and yet completely based on all of Jane Austen’s works. Esther Longhurst and Jess Mess picked some random audience members, set to asking them questions and went on to use them as the main characters in their improvised play. With a wonderful grasp of all things Jane Austen, you could really sense the comradery between these two ladies. Using hats to show each different character they pulled it off remarkably.

With only a few more shows this one is a must see for anyone who loves Jane Austen. With Sunday’s show being an improvised musical this is a must see….


Jane Austen; Private Eye

There was history, intrigue, murder, mayhem and some time travel! With a number of Jane’s leading characters popping in to say hello this sleuth story has you sitting on the edge of your seat through all the chapters. Murder abounds in this story and how you find the murder is unexpected. Based on a true story with some embellishment thrown in for entertainment, this is a great one woman show. Esther Longhurst has a great grasp of accents and is able to move through them fluidly and without effort.

With shows only this weekend, this is a must see for any budding Jane Austenites, murder mystery lovers or time travelers.

Presented by Umbrella Works inc and Sense & Spontaneity Hosted at Ayres house museum

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