Following the success of their first production of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, The Seagull Rep company will transport Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Emma on to the dance floor of a wedding. Isabelle Anderson and Alice Osmanski tale on this multi-rolling production exploring the well-loved Regency tale of matchmaking and unrequited love on Saturday 3 July at the Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft.
This live sharing of the Seagull Rep’s new small-scale professional touring show will feed into the creative process and development of the show will continue throughout 2021 and the full production is due to tour East Anglia in 2022.
Isabelle Anderson is returning to The Seagull after three years training at Italia Conti (and graduating into a pandemic). Isabelle was most recently seen in Kraken at The Vaults Festival in London and is a BBC Carleton Hobbs finalist, Stephen Sondheim Competition and Laurence Olivier Bursary nominee.
Alice Osmanski recent credits include Paper Straws at the Vaults Festival, A Christmas Carol and The Entertainer.
Produced and adapted by East Anglian actor, writer and director Mark Finbow, whose passion for taking a beloved classic text and creating imaginative and playful productions has engaged audiences across the region since 2009 with notable productions including Seagull Rep’s ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’ as well as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Dracula’ with The Keeper’s Daughter Theatre Company.
Produced by The Seagull Rep, a touring theatre company based at The Seagull Theatre in Pakefield Lowestoft, which plays host to a regular stream of local talent, regional and national touring theatre companies, with support from The Keeper’s Daughter theatre company and Arts Council England.
Karen Read, Manager of the Seagull Theatre, comments “I am really excited to be producing another Seagull Rep R&D and look forward to seeing what we end up with for the sharing. This has been a very difficult year for the industry and we know how important it is to be creating new work and keep live theatre going.”
Mark Finbow commented “We’re excited to see how we can bring the story of Emma onto the dancefloor of the couples’ she spends her time matchmaking. Funky music, funky moves and a funky story. We had a great time developing and touring Hound of the Baskervilles and look to challenge ourselves further with this faithful yet original adaptation of Jane Austen’s most fun story. We can’t wait to make an imaginative show and to tour to all of our favourite venues across the region.”
The sharing will be free at 2pm on Saturday 3 July 2021. Tickets must be booked in advance. Suitable for ages 7 and upwards, more information can be found at www.seagullrep.co.uk.