Sense and Sensibility

by Jane Austen, adapted by Jessica Swale

17th to 19th May 2018 | Lincoln Drill Hall

New member Julia  Ross made her debut as a Common Ground director by taking on an ambitious yet hugely successful production of Sense and Sensibility, adapted for the stage from Jane Austen’s novel by Jessica Swale.

Again we were able to look beyond our membership to cast some younger actors, among whom Sarah Cliffe (Elinor),
Laura Potente (Marianne) and Jordan Leith (the Ferrars brothers) were outstanding. They were ably supported by some
of our regulars such as Fraya Grove (Margaret), Vicky Ashberry (Mrs Dashwood) and Suzannah Turner (Fanny) in an ensemble cast which was a joy to watch.

Julia also made many of the period costumes which helped to give the production such visual appeal.

Our audience numbers were hampered by an unforeseen clash with both the FA Cup final and a royal wedding, but the show was well received by all who saw it.


“The whole cast was cohesive and it flowed, so very good in that way. I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen lots of different stuff over the years and that was one of the best and really professional. Very very good. You wouldn’t have thought some of the cast were novices – some seemed as good as professional actors.” – Zara Healey via Facebook.

“Brilliant performance by all the cast. Well done everyone.” – Karen Potente via Facebook.


Elinor Dashwood Sarah Cliffe
Marianne Dashwood Laura Potente
Margaret Dashwood Fraya Grove
Mrs Dashwood Vicky Ashberry
Fanny Dashwood Suzannah Turner
Mrs Jennings Peggy Reading
Mrs Palmer Sam Miles
Miss Grey Sam Miles
Lucy Steele Charlotte Brindley
Perks Karen Hunter
John Dashwood Matthew Tarling
Edward Ferrars Jordan Leith
Robert Ferrars Jordan Leith
John Willoughby Elliot Sargent
Mr Palmer Elliot Sargent
Colonel Brandon Steve Gillard
Sir John Middleton Martin Noble
Thomas/Doctor Michael Church


Director Julia Ross
Assistant Director Su Toogood
Stage Management Shelagh Gillingham
Lighting Joe Price
Sound Wilfried Nass, Jez Ashberry
Stage crew Kevin Gillingham
Wardrobe Su Toogood, Julia Ross
Properties Su Toogood, Julia Ross, Bill Bartlett
Programme Jez Ashberry
Publicity Jez Ashberry
Photography Catherine Clough
Music Robert Steadman, Hannah Borrill
Flute Sally Cookson
Violin Ruth Birkett
PIano Robert Steadman
Front of House Eileen Finningley, Ros Rowe, Elaine Howell, Carolyn Jones