Austen's women brought to life - The Worcester Observer

Austen's women brought to life

Worcester Editorial 23rd Mar, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A BOLD revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works will be held at the Swan Theatre when 13 of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in Austen’s Women.

In this much-loved Edinburgh sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, Rebecca Vaughan (Dalloway, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic) becomes Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women ranging in status and age.

Vaughan captures critical moments from Austen’s major novels, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, and lesser known or unfinished works.

With only a few simple props and accessories, Vaughan effortlessly slips into vibrant and brilliant characters confidently and skilfully, keeping the audience in the palm of her hand throughout.

Vaughan is an accomplished performer with great vocal and physical skills.

She shows a great deal of wit and timing, addressing the audience with ease and humour, then shifting to magical moments of pure emotion making for a both highly amusing and deeply thoughtful performance.

The performance presents Austen’s delicately crafted and multi-dimensional female characters in a truly authentic way, and makes great use of her understated irony.

Austen’s Women will be at the Swan Theatre on Wednesday, March 30 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £14, call the Worcester Live Box Office on 01905 611427 or visit for more information.


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