Mansfield Park: Reclaiming the Narrative Through a Black Gaze

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Mansfield Park: Reclaiming the Narrative Through a Black Gaze

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is a classic. That has been read by many and seen on TV and in films. It tells of marriage, banquets and decadence of a wealthy British family.
But a new play adaptation of the story written by Tonderai Mureyeva and Arne Polemeir aimed to confront the source of the family’s wealth – the slave trade – and its true cost.
To look at this in some depth the authors brought in Mary Prince who had been enslaved in Antigua at the time that Sir Thomas goes to Antigua.

Anni Domingo, Actor, novelist, and King’s PGR student Anni Domingo will talk about, and perform from, Mansfield Park at the Watermill (July 2023), which toured the sites that Austen wrote in and about. The play reimagines Jane Austen’s narrative, giving life to 19th-century race relations, which the novel could only hint at. In addition to discussing the pertinence of the adaptation, her integral role as Mary Prince, and the all-black cast’s encounters with their audiences, Anni will talk about how her performance practice informs her research practice. discusses her performance in Mansfield Park at the Watermill and the play’s significance for black history, present and future.

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