Patrick Young adapted The Witlings by Frances Burney for contemporary audiences.
The Witlings was written by comic novelist Frances Burney in 1779, but her male relatives prevented its production; the manuscript was not rediscovered until the 20th century. Patrick Young's Acting Version trims the rough but brilliant 4-hour draft to just over 2½ hours and connects all the loose ends. A young heiress loses her fortune and is attacked or defended by a colourful collection of proto-Dickensian characters. Acclaimed as "witty" and "hilarious", the Canadian Premiere of The Witlings was produced by Theatre Erindale on the campus of the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2014.
Frances Burney, The Witlings, Theatre Erindale
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Young, Patrick, "The Witlings: A Comedy by Frances Burney" (2014). Faculty Books. 2.
Young, P. (2014). The Witlings by Frances Burney [adapted play]. Toronto, ON: Playwrights Guild of Canada