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I Have Five Daughters

by Margaret Macnamara

Directed by Pamela Whalan

Season: 3rd January - 14th February 1998

Interest in the works of Jane Austen continues and no wonder! It is possible to appreciate her works as charming stories of handsome young men and pretty girls, or as biting social statements, or as uncompromising portraits of the human condition.

Margaret Macnamara's morning-room comedy, I Have Five Daughters, made from Austen's novel Pride & Prejudice, looks at the dilemma of having five daughters and little money, in an age when the only respectable career for a gently born girl was marriage. Mr. Bennet seems to look on the predicament as comic, but Mrs. Bennet strives with all her might to find husbands, suitable or not, for beautiful Jane, witty Elizabeth, dull Mary, fretful Kitty and bold Lydia. Her manoeuvres provide us with a charming view of an elegant bygone age inhabited by characters very much like people we know today.

Cast: Christine Tross, Antoinette Kulis, Loretta Tolnai, Misty Fisher, Nicole Willmott, Karen O'Brien-Hall, Wundonna Hughes, Carol Cleary, John Roche, Andrew Foxworth, Donald Sword, Paul Treacy, Susan Carveth, Shane Bates