Stapleford Granary

Event description

Truths ‘universally acknowledged’ about one of our greatest writers – and some too that are less familiar

A costumed performance of extracts from the writings of Jane Austen

by Emerald O’Hanrahan

To celebrate the variety and wit of Austen’s writings, with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels. We are led into the attitudes, imagination and sensations of those who lived in country houses and rectories in the early nineteenth century. We hear her perceptive (often satirical) observation of the social life of the English county families. The extracts also capture her warm-heartedness and affection.

'Emerald O’Hanrahan held the audience spell-bound. It is a performance full of light and shade; she takes us from Jane Austen at her lightest through to heart-rending sadness. It is a wonderful show.'

 Derek Matravers, Professor of Aesthetics, Cambridge University

Artist/speaker: Emerald O’Hanrahan

Further info

Emerald performed as Miranda in The Tempest at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating in July 2009. She then worked with the BBC Radio Drama Company for five months, having won the Carleton Hobbs competition (the prize for the best voice to leave all drama schools in that year). She is the current voice of Emma Grundy on the Archers. She has also performed at the Watermill Newbury, Northampton Derngate and the Birmingham Rep.