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Ballarat National Theatre

COMING SOON 

2021 persuasionSynopsis

Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of deep feelings who is always forced to put everyone before herself. When she was nineteen, she fell in love with, and was engaged to, naval officer, the fearless and headstrong Captain Wentworth. The young man had no fortune, and Anne allowed herself to be persuaded to give him up.

Eight years later, Anne feels differently about how easily persuaded she was. In a cruel twist, Wentworth has returned to the neighbourhood, a rich man and still unwed. Anne has to watch as he appears indifferent to her and charming to the eligible young ladies of the neighbourhood. Her aching and dutiful heart is caught between her living with her past choices, longing for the love she has lost and the unhappiness of being with her shallow, upper-class family.

Touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.

About the Adaptation

Each episode will feature 2-3 chapters and transport you to 19th century England to immerse you in the life, loves and longings of Anne Elliot.

Persuasion is the last novel completed by Jane Austen. It was published along with Northanger Abbey at the end of 1817, six months after her death. Of all of Jane Austen’s great and delightful novels, Persuasion is widely regarded as the most moving. It is the story of a second chance.

In Persuasion, some character dialogue was written in the third person, so easily converted to the first person for the podcast; meaning Liana’s adaptation is very faithful to the novel. Thank you Pride and Prejudice fans for letting us know that you love and want to hear this classic story. We hope you once again enjoy being transported to Austen’s world.

 

persusion director liana

About the Director

Liana studied acting at 16th Street Actors Studio and has also completed a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing as well as a major in Literature Studies as part of a Bachelor of Arts.

She has performed many times with BNT and has also worked as a performer at Sovereign Hill.
In addition to performances with companies from our region including Skin of our Teeth and Tripwire, she is known locally for her roles in Little Women (Hannah), The Best Man (Mabel Cantwell), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Bennet), Nobody’s Perfect (Deedee), Daisy Pulls It Off (Trixie) and Much Ado About Shakespeare (Lady Macbeth and Mercutio).

Liana’s creative skillset includes martial arts, in which she has a 1st dan black belt and weapons training in nunchucku, bo, jo, tonfa, kali sticks, and knives. She is also a professional singer, professional photographer, and passionate writer. BNT’s Pride and Prejudice Podcast was her directorial debut.

  

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About the Assistant Director

 

A graduate of The University of Melbourne and Monash University, Sarah has been performing, composing, conducting and teaching for 30 years.

She is no stranger to the Ballarat theatre scene. She is a music director, orchestrator, pit musician and on sound, most recently Les Misérables (MD - Ballarat Lyric Theatre), Rent (MD - BLOC Music Theatre), Twisted Broadway (MD, arranger - Staged by Creatives), Mamma Mia (sound team - BLOC Music Theatre), Torch (MD, composer, arranger - Alchemy Theatre), A Day with Disney (MD, orchestrator, arranger - Ballarat Lyric Theatre) and a dozen Ballarat Carols by Candlelight (MD, orchestrator).

She is a music and sound production teacher by day. She is also a specialist on clarinet, saxophone, flute and keys, performing in and conducting orchestras all over Victoria, such as Ballarat Symphony, Stonnington Symphony, The BallaRat Pack Orchestra and Moorabool Light Orchestra, as well as contemporary cover bands, pit orchestras and jazz bands.

 

Crew 

Assistant Director - Sound and Music Sarah Barlow
Production Manager Liana Emmerson 
Composers Sarah Barlow, Liana Emmerson and Helen Gibson
Sound Engineer Charli Hughes
Production Assistant Philippa Elder
Crew catering and craft services Sam Bastian

 

Cast

As this online production doesn't have a need for costumes, we're doing digital costumes with our cast where they are photoshopped into a real regency painting as their character in the novel. The faces of any paintings below are the real cast.

Alix Roberts

Alix Roberts

Anne Elliot
Breanna Geer

Breanna Geer

Casey  Bohan

Casey Bohan

Clare Hamer

Clare Hamer

Eleanor Golding

Eleanor Golding

Emil Freund

Emil Freund

Fred Preston

Fred Preston

Helen Gibson

Helen Gibson

Jack Emond

Jack Emond

Captain Frederick Wentworth
Jane Gaylor

Jane Gaylor

Lady Dalrymple
Joanna Lippold

Joanna Lippold

Mrs Croft
Jodie Mattingley

Jodie Mattingley

Mrs Clay
Liana Emmerson

Liana Emmerson

Narrator
Miriam Wood

Miriam Wood

Lady Russel
Nicholas Barker Pendree

Nicholas Barker Pendree

Sir Walter
Philippa Elder

Philippa Elder

Mrs Smith
Shannon Nicholls

Shannon Nicholls

Captain Benwick
Timothy Corrigan

Timothy Corrigan

Mr Elliot
Timothy Murphy

Timothy Murphy

 

Patrons/Donors

A massive thank you to those who have made a donation to help the director fund the equipment needed to bring this production to life. We're glad to include your name as a thank you for helping this production come to life.

Aparajita Raychaudhury

Josh Illichmann

Elaine Tso

Tessa Braun

Sean Rundell

Brianna Cook

Shelley Barnes

Xuan-Trang Nguyen

Sue Skewes

Sarah Macgregor

Lynne Gibbs

Rod Skewes

Jeanett & Graham Bastian

 

Behind the Scenes

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Media

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