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Sense and Sensibility

September 2018

When their wealthy half-brother cheats them of their fortune, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are left penniless. They are forced to leave the comforts of Norland Park and relocate to chilly Barton Cottage in Devonshire, but when John Willoughby, a handsome stranger, arrives one day with a rain-drenched Marianne in his arms, the sisters are convinced that their fortunes are changed forever.

Robin Rose Breetveld

Kayleigh Flaxman

Annaleah Fruin

Paul Morris

David Atkins

Luke Fruin

Zarina Hawkins

Grace Grussenmeyer

Sarah Cooke

Vicky Gatward-Warner

Jonathan Thirlwell

Lynne Frackleton

Derek Brown

Leila Sangtabi

Emma Marku

Rachel Mason

Corinne Smallman

Kayleigh Buckingham-Pegg

Linda McCann

Jackie Erasin

Pete Ransom

Ben Jones

Cast of Characters

Elinor Dashwood

Marianna Dashwood

Margaret Dashwoord

and Miss Grey

Colonel Brandon

John Willoughby 

and Mr Palmer

Rober Ferrars and 

John Dashwood

Mrs Dashwood

Lucy Steele

Mrs Jennings

Fanny Dashwood 

and Miss Perks

Edward Ferrars

Mrs Palmer and 


Sir John Middleton

and Doctor Harris


Assistant Director

and Stage Manager



Stage Crew



Lighting and Sound

Set Design

Sense and Sensibility Review

Review provided by NODA:


Jessica Swale’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Sense and Sensibility is the perfect play to stage within the University of Kent.


With the general public’s current penchant for “corset drama”, this production proved to be fresh and relevant to the modern theatre audience as well as perfectly pitched for the classic connoisseur.

A tale of manners, matrimony and social standing, this is no dry version of a classic novel. In fact it has plenty of humour to enjoy. A mother and three daughters are left at the mercy of the charity of friends after father dies and everything is inherited by the son from his first marriage – what will become of them? In the following three hours, we follow their fortunes and misfortunes in society, love and friendship – and what a great story brought to life by this well-rehearsed cast.

The staging of this production could be tricky but director Leila Sangtabi knew exactly how to use every inch of the theatre to best suit the production. She created small acting spaces for the company in various areas which they negotiated well.  

This play is a joy to watch – and you don’t have to be a Jane Austen fan to enjoy this production. Many congratulations. I look forward to your next offering.

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