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    PRIDE: Alexis Bone, playing Mary Bennet, and Lucy Blackwood, Charlotte Lucas, in a joint Nhill College and Piggery Lane Players production of Pride and Prejudice.

Joint Piggery Land and Nhill College production to hit stage in Nhill

Performers are busy rehearsing for a joint production of Pride and Prejudice after COVID-19 restrictions halted production.

Nhill College was originally going to present the play, adapted from the Jane Austen book by Jane Kendall, but after the school was forced to stop rehearsals drama group Piggery Lane Players ‘adopted’ the cast and production.

Director Catherine Bates said Piggery Lane Players had to cancel its October show and ‘picked up’ the college show.

“With COVID restrictions now easing in schools, Nhill College is back on board, making Pride and Prejudice a joint venture,” she said.

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“The students in the cast have been working so hard and had to put up with so many difficulties, uncertainties and changes throughout the year with this production.

“They are very much looking forward to putting it on stage in what looks like being one of the few live dramatic shows in the Wimmera this year.

“It is a play, but we have added in a ballroom scene, which gives the opportunity for some live music and dance to be included.

“Students had been rehearsing since February with original performance dates set for the end of July.  

“Of course, with the delay in dates, we have lost a couple of VCE students due to exams and work commitments, but we have been able to open up spots for some other students who missed out to be involved in their places.”

Lexi Farmers, as Elizabeth Bennet, Dia Hutchinson, as Mrs Bennet, and Brock Stephens, playing Mr Darcy, lead a cast of 19.

Miss Bates said performances were on November 26 at 7.30pm, and November 27 at 2pm and 730pm at Nhill Memorial Community Centre.  

People can buy tickets at the door or via website TryBooking at

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