Austentatious – An Improvised Jane Austen Novel (Austentatious)
By Patricia-Ann Young | Published on Saturday 9 August 2014
A rare chance to see some of Jane Austen’s more, ahem, obscure works, ‘Austentatious’ riffs off audience suggestions to bring us a side of the regency era previously unseen. All of the cast were on top improvisational form, but Joseph Morpurgo excelled, getting some of the biggest laughs just from a well-timed glance at the audience. Cariad Lloyd hit the scenarios with such a quick, sharp wit you’d swear the material must have been carefully scripted beforehand. Of course, every show is different, but the only niggle here was that the show didn’t feature any hints of the ol’ Austen romance (not even a rejected marriage proposal!) Still, Austen for the modern era is sure to become a new classic.
Pleasance Dome, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]