We've mentioned this production in the Jane Austen News before, and always thought it looked like a lot of fun. Sadly it was being performed in Scotland, so not so easy for us to go and see! Happily, Pride and Prejudice (*sort of) is now coming to the rest of the UK, and will be touring from this September onwards.
This adaptation sees a cast of servants multi-role-ing to tell the story of Pride and Prejudice and - in the spirit of Austen - has much to say, but never at the expense of spinning a great yarn with gags a-plenty and, of course, karaoke. But to hell with that - audiences don't need to have even heard of Jane Austen or her novels. This show is simply for anyone who enjoys a great night out full of colour, music and laughter.
Isobel McArthur, playwright of Pride and Prejudice (*sort of)
We wanted to create something that would not only celebrate International Women’s Day on JACK Radio, but which also has a lasting message and continues to provide a platform to some of the world’s greatest women. Our series Inspirational Women will launch on International Women’s Day, but we will be continuing the legacy by making it an ongoing feature on our station, which already provides an unrivalled platform for women in music through its exclusive music policy.Should you like to tune in, JACK radio is available across a large percentage of the country via the Sound Digital DAB multiplex in DAB+.
Belinda Doyle, Programme Director at JACK Radio
This Week's Recommended Read Women’s bookshops were considered to be a vital part of the British feminist movement in the Seventies and Eighties. We mention this because last week as part of International Women's Day, the online magazine Stylist published an article exploring the history (and return) of the feminist bookshop, and we thought it was such a good read that we simply had to share some of the fascinating highlights with you.
The suffragettes were famously savvy marketers, and would set up early versions of pop-up bookshops to spread the word about their campaign.
As well as a bookshop, Silver Moon also served as an important resource centre for vulnerable women: the staff would hand out information on domestic violence shelters and recommend texts for victims of childhood sexual abuse. Tellingly, the shop was refused an alcohol license for its café because it didn’t have men’s toilets.
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