'Pies and Prejudice' - an original and delicious entertainment - presented by Winchester's local professional theatre company, 2TimeTheatre, this is an amusing look at the place of food in Jane Austen's books and letters.
'Pies and Prejudice' is an entertaining exploration of the significance of food, based on the letters and novels of Jane Austen. Two characters, Jenny the new cook and Charlotte, the lady of the house, share opinions on food, health, gardening and marriage in a piece written by 2TimeTheatre's Artistic Director, Cecily O'Neill (Meeting Miss Austen, Keats: A Fruitful Season, Lewd Women and Female Felons),
Cecily O’Neill said: “Food is always cropping up in Austen’s work and correspondence. It was clearly both a pleasure for her and also a way in which she could indicate status in the social occasions in her books. She also uses an over-indulgence – or under-indulgence - in meat and drink to show a character’s weakness or hypocrisy. Remember Mr Woodehouse’s obsession with soft-boiled eggs?"
Performed by professional actors, Jilly Bond and Stacy Hart, 'Pies and Prejudice' will be staged in the gracious reception room of Abbey House, the Mayor's Residence, Winchester on the 10th and 11th September at 11.30 am and again 2.30 pm on both days. Admission is free, but you will need to register via the Heritage Open Days website.