November 2020

Seagull Rep announces a sharing of a brand new adaptation of Jane Austen’s matchmaking classic, Emma

Following the success of their first production of Hound of the Baskervilles The Seagull Rep company, under the direction of Ann Courtney will transport Jane Austen s romantic comedy Emma on to the dance floor of a wedding. A cast of two, multi rolling, actors will explore this well loved Regency tale of matchmaking and unrequited love on Thursday 2 5 February at the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.

This live sharing of the Seagull Rep s new small scale professional touring show will feed into the creative process and development of the show will continue throughout 2021 and the full production is due to tour East Anglia in the Spring of 2022.

Produced and adapted by East Anglian actor, writer and director Mark Finbow whose passion for taking a beloved classic text and creating imaginative and playful productions has engaged audiences across the region since 2009 with notable productions including Seagull Rep’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ as well as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘ with The K eeper’s Daughter Theatre Company.

Produced by The Seagull Rep a touring theatre company based at The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield Lowestoft, which plays host to a regular stream of local talent, regional and national touring theatre companies, with suppo rt from The Keeper’s Daughter theatre company and Arts Council England.

Karen Read, Manager of the Seagull Theatre, comments I am really excited to be producing another Seagull Rep R&D and look forward to seeing what we end up with for the sharing in February. This has been a very difficult year for the industry and we know how important it is to be creating new work and keep live theatre going.

Mark Finbow commented "We're excited to see how we can bring the story of ‘onto the dancefloor of the couples' she spends her time matchmaking. Funky music, funky moves and a funky story. We had a great time developing and touring ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ and look to challenge ourselves further with this faithful yet original adaptation of Jane Austen's most fun story. We can't wait to make an imaginative show and to tour to all of our favourite venues across the region."

The sharing will be free with an invited sharing at 3pm and public sharing at 7.30pm on Thursday 2 5 February 2021. Tickets must be booked in advance. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards, more information can be found at ticket sales will open in the new year.