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Ballarat National Theatre

Mr Bennets Bride Square

Show Dates

Friday, 23 September 7.30pm, Opening Night
Saturday, 24 September. 2.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday, 25 September. 2.00 pm
Tuesday, 27 September. 7.30pm
Wednesday, 28 September. 7.30pm
Thursday, 29 September. 7.30pm

SEATS ARE LIMITED to 40 per performance.

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Performance Venue

The Reading Room
Craig's Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat Central

Access to the performance venue is available via elevator or stairs.

 

About the play

Have you ever wondered how a couple like Mr and Mrs Bennet ended up wed?


This is the story of how it all began.

The young Mr Bennet is under pressure to find a suitable bride, but his refusal to play by the rules sets in motion a series of events that are both comic and moving.

A Pride and Prejudice prequel by award-winning playwright Emma Wood that tells the story of how an unlikely couple like Mr and Mrs Bennet got together. A story applauded by critics for capturing Austen’s style, but still be accessible for those new to Austen’s works.

Reviews of other adaptions around the world give the script these reviews:

"...witty, charming and quite delightful… loyal to the Jane Austen style."
"A clever and sophisticated script... Even the most loyal Austeniens would approve."
"An ingenious look at Jane Austen's characters."

 

Mr Bennets Bride Master A5 148 210 mmAbout the Director

Megan J Riedl is a purveyor of words for the page and the stage. She creates connections by feeling out loud. Combining the personal and political, Megan leads by example in standing up, showing up and speaking up, sharing the messy, human experiences that often go unspoken. Megan’s poetry fearlessly gives voice to the secret stories we tell ourselves and her playwriting explores themes of identity, belonging, truth and power, highlighting issues of social justice. A collaborative theatrical director, Megan creates beautiful worlds of stylised realism for the stage.

A powerful spoken word performer, Megan was awarded Queensland Poetry’s 2021 XYZ Innovation in Spoken Word Prize and was an Australian Poetry Slam State Finalist in the past three years, as well as a finalist for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. She has been commissioned as part of City of Ballarat’s creative COVID response, and created poetic calls to action for the Ballarat Greens and Let’s Talk Peace, Ballarat. She has featured at Mother Tongue - Women Speak, Melbourne Spoken Word’s Fresh Voices Online, Wordcraft Spoken Word, Girls on Key and Melbourne Writers Theatre’s ‘Victorious: Words from the Pandemic’.

Megan’s written poetry has been featured in BabyTeeth journal and the Melbourne Writer’s Group’s Melbourne Lockdown Anthology. She has exhibited writing in Ballarat-based literary projects Minerva Speaks, Weathering the Future and They Are Us, and the Immigration Museum’s Becoming You exhibition.

Megan’s plays and monologues have been produced by Tripwire Theatre Inc, Bendigo Theatre Company, Baggage Productions, Skin Of Our Teeth Productions, Theatre 3Triple2 and Wyndham Theatre Company. Her directing credits include Hysterica (Skin of Our Teeth), The Sum of Us (Creswick Theatre Company), Medea (Ballarat National Theatre), Penance (Independent), The Carer (Hobo Playhouse) and five original self-produced plays with Tripwire Theatre Inc. In 2020, Megan participated in Melbourne Writers’ Theatre’s In One Act script development program.

An active member of Ballarat’s arts scene, Megan is currently serving on the boards of Ballarat Writers and Spark Theatre and was a mentee in the Ballarat Arts Foundation 2021 Mentor Program.

Megan lives and works on stolen Wadawurrung land with her two children, and can be found at www.meganjriedl.com

 

  

Cast and Crew

Shannon Nicholls

Shannon Nicholls

Benedict Collins
Mark Briggs

Mark Briggs

Robert Bennet
Ciaran Corrigan

Ciaran Corrigan

James Bennet
Lynette Plenderlieth

Lynette Plenderlieth

Mrs Graves
Sarah Gardiner
Clementine Sawyer

Clementine Sawyer

Emily Gardiner
Grant Johnson

Grant Johnson

George Gardiner
Ruby Abbott

Ruby Abbott

Emily Gardiner
Elly Krieg

Elly Krieg

Mary Ellingworth
Mika Wallace

Mika Wallace

Clara Bowman
Laura Farrow

Laura Farrow

Mrs Bowman
Dan Purdey

Dan Purdey

Understudy - Robert Bennet & George Gardiner

 

Crew

Assistant Director  Mei Turnbull
Costumes Alexandra Meerbach

 

Playwright Emma Wood

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Emma is an award-winning actor and playwright. Emma has played lead roles with Newcastle Theatre Company (NTC), Canberra Repertory, Ballarat Lyric Theatre, and many other companies. A highlight of recent years included performing in Playhouse Creatures (Pigeonhole Theatre) in Monaco at the Mondial Theatre Festival, following a professional production at The Q Theatre.

Emma and her husband ran independent company Pawprint Productions in 2006-07 working with many fine local actors on The Importance of Being Earnest, Vagina Monologues, Of Mice and Men.

As a playwright, Emma creates stories that are both humorous and touching. Her four full-length plays have struck a chord with audiences in many productions. Emma worked with Warrandyte Theatre Company and Ballarat National Theatre in 2020 to produce

A 2020 Vision https://bnt.org.au/a-2020-vision. Mr Bennet's Bride broke box office records at its Newcastle Theatre Company premiere and has been produced several times since in Australia and the UK.
Emma is delighted to re-connect with the Ballarat theatre community.