The Art of Adaptation

Yesterday Amy & I went to the gorgeous Charlecote Park to see Heartbreak Productions’… errr… production of Pride and Prejudice in the open air.

In a word it was Inspiring.

In three words it was Astonishingly Well-Adapted.

This was because five actors supplied all the characters in a narrative which demands that, at some point, every character interacts with every other.  Darcy and Mr Bennett were played by the same actor who – in the run of the story – would have to ask himself for his daughter’s hand in marriage.  This and every possible clash of characters was cleverly dealt with; indeed, the only occasions where such impracticalities stood out was when good humour was used to smooth it over.

The BBC version of the story is so familiar – probably more so than the book – that many in the audience might have hoped for a re-enactment of the beloved TV version.  Gladly, this did not happen.  The characters (and caricatures e.g. Mr Collins & Mrs Bennett) were given new expression, thanks to the talents of the actors and, significantly, the relatively unsung brillance of Mr David Kerby Kendall, the writer.

About Rob Chidley

Professional copywriter, trad-published author and improvisational gardener.
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