In late 2017, Cyphers Theatre Company performed their Northanger Abbey at the Proteus Creation Space in Basingstoke, Winchester Guildhall, and the Pleasance Theatre in London. The play was adapted by Austin's classic gothic satire of the same name. The book is described as a coming of age novel told from the perspective of a young girl called Catherine, as she enters the world of Bath society.
The talk discussion at the Bassingstoke Discovery Centre includes readings from Gothic texts which inspired Jane Austen while she wrote the novel, as well as sections from Cyphers Theatre Company adaptation script. It is not just an exploration of Austin's work, but into gothic literature as a genre, and its evolution from its early beginnings to the modern age.
This is the type of talk that will appeal to a range of people: literature buffs, gothic literature aficionados, Jane Austin fans, and theatre lovers. Anyone who saw a performance of Northanger Abbey late last year may also enjoy getting a deeper insight into its conception and production.
Tickets for the discussion are £7 per person and can be purchased online from Hantsweb. The Basingstoke Discovery Centre is located on Potters Walk in Basingstoke. The centre is just over 30 miles from Southampton and almost a 40-minute drive. 2017 was the 200th anniversary of Jane Austin's death, with many places across the county playing an important place in her life or forming the inspiration for her novels.
Check out the teaser trailer released for Cyphers Theatre Company below.
Cyphers Theatre Company is a Basingstoke based theatre company that use choral story-telling, low key stage design and a multi-role cast to adapt classic texts and create accessible theatre for all. For more information about future productions, head to their website.