Hi friends! Today The Jane Austen Centre and I are swapping blog posts with each other! The kind people at The Jane Austen Centre have kindly offered to engage in a post exchange with some blogs, and a few weeks back I shared an informative post about Caroline Jane Knight and her story, Jane & Me: My Austen Heritage. Today I’m sharing a post about a play about Mr. Bennet! Doesn’t that sound interesting?!
Mr Bennet’s Bride, by Emma Wood
It’s a pleasure to have a chance to connect with other Jane Austen enthusiasts. Like many people, my passion for Jane Austen grew hugely with the 1996 mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. The theatricality of the characters and the beauty of her dialogue delivered by that magnificent cast made that series one that was watched time and time again for me!
My first full length play (Water Child) was produced in Newcastle, Australia in 2012. Having won an award for that play and received very enthusiastic reviews and comments from audience members, I was keen to write another. But I had no particular idea about what until one day, like a gift, an idea presented itself: Mr and Mrs Bennet. What inspired this unlikely union? I read Pride and Prejudice again eagerly with those characters in focus, and noted that very little context is provided for their past.