Stage and Screen
Despite her works being over 200 years old, Jane still lives in the hearts and minds of the fans the world over. As part of her modern persona, she inspires us to create new media experiences from stage and screen through to digital adaptations, on-line courses, and more.
So what’s your favourite Austen film adaptation? Have you taken advantage of the free on-line course from the University of Southampton's Future Learn on her life and time? Or perhaps you’ve visited the virtual Regency world of “Ever, Jane” featuring a Jane inspired on-line role-playing game, or maybe you’ve snuck a peak through Lizzie Bennett’s Diary, a YouTube vlog based on Pride and Prejudice? There are simply so many adaptions of Austen’s work to choose from.
In February of 2018 a few Jasna members enjoyed tea with the cast of Persuasion, a play performed by Calgary's Workshop Theatre. Adapted by: Jennifer Le Blanc
Directed by: Shelby Nicol: Twenty-seven-year-old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne’s family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?
"It was a wonderful interpretation of Jane Austen’s novel and we thoroughly enjoyed the production!"
Check out these interesting sites and movie trailers for more Jane Austen content and conversation.