I HAVE rarely spent a more delightful time in the theatre than the evening when I attended the production of
I HAVE rarely spent a more delightful time in the theatre than the evening when I attended the production of Persuasion at the Kenton Theatre.
Hotbuckle Productions presented an innovative retelling of the Jane Austen novel. The talented cast of four conveyed all the emotion and humour of the story with great skill and flair.
Hotbuckle adapts classic novels for the stage and tries to make them enjoyable and accessible for everyone. They certainly succeeded with Persuasion.
Adrian Preater, who founded Hotbuckle with his wife Gemma Aston in 2006, adapts and directs the plays and also acts in the productions (he played Sir Walter Elliot and numerous other characters).
Emily Lockwood played the part of narrator and the heroine Anne Elliot with quiet dignity and sweetness.
Clare Harlow played Anne’s sisters and other characters, and Peter Randall played the hero Captain Wentworth and also many other characters.
All this was swiftly achieved with minor adjustments to their costumes. The set was simplicity itself and was moved about by the cast to indicate a change of scene with such speed and efficiency that it didn’t in any way detract from the lively action of the play.
In addition to all this, the cast also provided the live music.
The audience showed their appreciation by their laughter throughout the play and their enthusiastic applause at the end. It is to be hoped that we will see this talented company at the Kenton Theatre again.