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Northanger Abbey

When: Thursday 09/05/24 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Theatre By The Lake, Lake Road, Keswick, UK
Cost: £12.00 per session £12.00 for Companions
Accessibility: Dementia-friendly venue Disabled access Disabled Toilets Guide Dog-friendly Hearing Aid Loop Wheelchair facility
Transport: Buses Parking Nearby Disabled Parking

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of any sort of… disappointed love.

Catherine Morland knows little of the world, but who needs real-life experience when you have novels to guide you? Catherine seizes her chance to escape her claustrophobic family and join the smart set in Bath. Between balls and parties, she meets worldly, sophisticated Isabella Thorpe – Iz, to her friends – and so Cath’s very own adventure begins.

Playwright Zoe Cooper infuses the plot and spirit of Jane Austen’s original with her unique voice, resulting in a play fizzing with imagination, packed full of humour and brimming with love.

Zoe said this about the production, “Northanger Abbey is a novel about friendship, love, romance and fantasy and how those things collide. What struck me on my first reading as a queer nineteen-year-old, was that the central romantic relationship, one filled with lust, anger and betrayal, is between the romantic heroine and her best friend, Isabella. It is that version of the book I wanted to explore in this reimagining.”

Director Tessa Walker added, “I am delighted to be working on Zoe’s vivid, funny, and inventive re-imagining of Austen’s classic with this fantastic cast. It’s a wonderful, playful tale of romance, gothic adventures, growing up, and the importance of stories and who gets to tell them.”

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