Cast & Credits:
Jane Austen – Cathy Sara
Charles Dibdin – Mervyn Stutter
Accompanist – Helen Williams
The Footman – James Doherty
Written by Cecily O’Neill and Philip Glassborow
Directed by Philip Glassborow
Produced by 2Time Theatre
This play will be performed at 2pm and 4pm.
A new commission for SO: To Speak, Southampton’s Festival of Words, 2017: Jane Austen and The Waterman by Cecily O’Neill and Philip Glassborow. The world premiere of a new play about two writers, near contempories, both with strong connections to Southampton.
The first, Jane Austen, lived in the city for some years, attending events at The Dolphin Hotel and plays in French Street. The other, Charles Dibdin, was born in the city, and his patriotic sea-songs inspired many young men to join the navy.
Austen’s elegant novels may seem a world away from Dibdin’s boisterous shanties and vivid theatrical entertainments, yet several Dibdin compositions are included in the Austen Family Songbooks, which have been digitised by Southampton University. Some are in Austen’s own hand; she was particularly interested in songs of the sea, as two of her brothers were in the Royal Navy.
MERVYN STUTTER appears in the role of Charles Dibdin, and CATHY SARA in the role of Jane Austen.