2015 Festival Review

1-promenadersThe 2015 Festival was the largest ever with over 100 events throughout the ten days and we celebrated two important bicentenaries, the publication of Emma and the Battle of Waterloo.

 

 

2-country-danceFor the first time we held a Ball on the first Saturday at the Pavilion, the Highbury Country Dance which was a great success. The Pavilion is a vast building and easily accommodated the 200 dancers giving everyone plenty of space to dance.

 

 

3-austen-undoneThe Natural Theatre Company presented us with the hilarious Austen Undone! – Theatrical Comedy Walks, throughout Promenade day and the Grand Regency Costumed Promenade raised much needed funds for Whizz-kidz.

 

 

4-puddingsWe ate some lovely puddings at the Victoria Art Gallery whilst looking at their wonderful exhibition of Jane Austen’s Bath, it was such a treat to see these original pictures from their vaults, some which very rarely go on display.

 

 

5-harpsThe workshops included dancing of course, playing the harp, bonnet dressing, language of the fan and archery and a big thank you to Bath Archers for helping organise this event.

Actor Richard Heffer joined us with a fascinating insight into the logistics and some unique photographs taken on set during the filming of the 1970 Russian/Italian production.

 

6-apothJohn White appeared as James Buchan, an itinerant Apothecary, with his unusual cures, potions and hair dressing in an interactive performance at the wonderful Mission Theatre.

 

 

 

11-crimeThomas Turlis, the Hangman from Tyburn let us into his secrets and also bought his gibbet with him complete with body (not a real one)!

 

 

 

7-wearThe very lovely Amy-Nichole of the Period Costume Shop showed us how to create the perfect Regency look by dressing in ball gown, day dress and afternoon wear.

 

 

 

9-masked-ballOn the final Friday we held our very popular costumed event The Regency Costumed Masked Ball with its reception around the Roman Baths and Ball in the Pump Room. A fabulous time was had by all.

 

 

8-emmaThe amazing Hotbuckle Productions performed a superb Emma the play to a sell-out audience and likewise Professor John Mullan tested our knowledge on the novel. Did you know that it is the one book where the characters have kissed?

 

 

10-interviewOur finale was Jane Austen – The Interview which was an incredibly funny performance by the Natural Theatre company which delighted the audience and left us wanting more.

 

 

 

12-volunteersAnd so the 15th Jane Austen Festival in Bath came to an end, here’s to next year and thank-you to all our volunteers and to you who came and made it so much fun.

 

 

 

Best wishes
Jackie Herring – Festival Director