The Youth Of Alton Commemorate Jane Austen
On Saturday 20th May, 1pm-3pm in Alton’s Public Gardens the youth of Alton will be staging ‘Potted Jane.’ Students from Alton Secondary Schools, Convent and College School will be commemorating the 200th anniversary of when local literary icon Jane Austen left her home in Chawton for the final time.
The afternoon of open-air theatre will begin at 1pm with the Alton Convent ‘Northanger Radio Play.’ At 1.30pm Alton College will perform a ‘Peep at Pride & Prejudice,’ followed by Eggar’s School at 2.00pm with their original ‘Jane Austen’s Guide to Dating.’ The final performance of the day will be Amery Hill School’s ‘Potted Austen Project’ at 2.30pm.
In the marquee there will be free children’s activities including bonnet & top hat making crafts with Cllr Pam Jones and interactive games demonstrations with Esdevium.
Representatives from Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton House library and Alton Regency Week will be offering information about Jane Austen and her local connections and promoting the events taking place this year as part of the Jane Austen 200 celebrations.
The Alton Women’s Institute will be serving homemade cakes in exchange for small donations towards their charitable fundraising. Refreshments will also be available to purchase from the horsebox Country Kitchen café.
Potted Jane has been organised by Alton Town Council as part of the Jane Austen celebrations taking place this year commemorating 200 years since the death of our local literary icon.
The Town Council would like to thank everyone involved with the event with special thanks extended to the teachers and students for taking time out from their busy curriculum schedules to join in with the celebrations of Jane Austen in creating their own very unique interpretations of her work.
We hope to see you all there on the day to celebrate our town’s Jane Austen heritage and to support the children with their performances.