Book: Jane Austen
Music/Lyrics: Sam Write
Director: Sam Write and Nicholas Collett
Sam Write and Nicholas Collett’s production brings you an incredible modern adaptation of the world-renowned Jane Austen classic. Prejudice and Pride is set-in modern-day Tennessee with a clever adaption of the gender-swapped roles of the original Jane Austen novel.
From the moment you enter the theatre you are surrounded by country and western. From the comical one-liner moments to the line-dancing, to the cleverly written score, the musical will have your heart-warmed faster than you can say ‘Yeeehaw’ and absorb you in the love stories of the characters.
The 10 strong cast includes songwriter Sam Wright who also plays the lead role of Bennett Longbourne and stands out particularly in their duet numbers with Bridget Casad (Darcey Fitzwilliam). For a character purporting to be a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a man, Casad brings a tenderness and compassion to the role. Additionally, the choreography from Stefanie Stevens brings levity and originality to the performance particularly through the song ‘Tennessee Ride’.
The use of the actor-musician roles showcases the talent within the cast and the musicality is sublime throughout. Prejudice and Pride is enough to wow newcomers to Jane Austen whilst staying true and faithful to the enduringly popular novel. It is definitely not one to be missed.
Runs until August 27, 2022