“We Fainted Alternately On The Sofa” (Jane Austen in the Making)

Karin Fernaldfeaturing  Sukey Simpson, Mrs Humbug,  Sir Edward Spangle

and others  from the  anarchic , violent and   hilarious

Juvenile Writings of



Presented  by actor, writer and speaker  Karin Fernald

” The show delighted a capacity audience” John M Morrison, Sevenoaks Literary Festival  

As a teenager, Jane Austen   wrote short plays, stories and novels filled with extravagant farce, some of    which she copied out and reworked in later life.  G.K. Chesterton said that, had she wished, she could have been “a buffoon like the Wife of Bath.”  Many of her characters are completely immoral, go unpunished and do well out of their crimes.  Her family were entertained by these works, including  the Reverend George Austen, who gave his daughter an expensive notebook in which to write down her Early Works,  inscribing it on the  first page “Effusions of Fancy by a very young Lady, consisting of tales in a style completely new”.    Later critics have  been put in mind of Ionesco.

Karin FernaldKARIN FERNALD is an actor, presenter and speaker, whose much -travelled solo show on diarist Fanny Burney (1752-1840),  has been performed at Dr Johnson’s House,  the Bath Festival and worldwide ( www.karinfernald .com).  She is also known for  her  entertaining lectures  on   l8th and early l9th century  writers, correspondents and  diarists  connected with the arts.   In the theatre Karin has  played parts ranging from in SALLY BOWLES in CABARET to THE DORMOUSE  in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Her children’s book  on the fraught  childhood of  Queen Victoria, THE DUMPY PRINCESS, published in 2010 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Book,  was short-listed for a YOUNG QUILLS literary award.


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