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Three talented sisters

Three captivating heroines
Three new adaptations…

Bronte season

Whether you’re a hard-core Brontë fan or if you’ve never had the pleasure, these fresh new adaptations by West Country theatre companies Butterfly Psyche Theatre & Livewire Theatre will invigorate, inspire and melt hearts around the South West this autumn.

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Performed in rep, with only one and two actors, there’s a chance to mix-and-match an old favourite along with a new acquaintance, as well as the chance to see all three in omnibus performances at most venues.

 

The Brontë Season is made up of:

 

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
Adapted by: Dougie Blaxland
Directed by: Jazz Hazelwood
Starring: Alison Campbell

Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre, the Gothic story of a penniless young governess, met with immediate success when first published. The eponymous Jane takes up service in creepy Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself at the centre of a haunted cover-up-conspiracy with the dashing-yet-devilish, Mr Rochester. Will they live happily ever after? Will their worlds come crashing down around them? It’s a Brontë, so be prepared for both…

 

This adaptation originally toured with Livewire Theatre in autumn 2013 and received 5-Star reviews across the board.

 

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
Adapted by: Dougie Blaxland
Directed by: Jazz Hazelwood
Starring: Alison Campbell and Jeremy Fowlds

Emily Brontë’s emotionally gripping Wuthering Heights is, without a doubt, one of the most tragic and infamous love stories ever told. As the most introverted and reclusive of the sisters, Emily’s personality remains a mystery. But as they say, ‘still waters run deep’ and even if you’ve never read a word of the Brontës in your life, you will have at least heard of Heathcliff and Cathy and their passionate-yet-destructive love that transcended even death. This production will leave you covered in Goosebumps and reaching for the nearest copy.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
by Anne Brontë
Adapted by: Alison Farina
Directed by: Shane Morgan
Starring: Madelaine Ryan and Tom Turner

Anne Brontë, the least well-known (and vastly under-appreciated) of the sisters wrote the most shocking of all the Bronte novels put together, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  Telling the story of Helen Graham, a reclusive artist who has mysteriously taken up residence at the dilapidated Wildfell Hall, Anne’s multi-layered masterpiece aims to show both the brutality and consequences of life choices along with hope and happiness through redemption, forgiveness and truth. When The Tenant was first published it sold out within 6 weeks (vastly outselling Wuthering Heights  and selling even better in the US than the UK, something that cannot be said of the other two sisters) and is widely considered to be the first ‘sustained’ feminist novels. However, Charlotte Brontë, for reasons best known to herself, succeeded in widely denouncing the book and suppressing a reprint after Anne’s death. Was she doing it to “protect” her “sister’s reputation”, or her own?

 

With help from a grant from the The Big Lottery Fundthis project features also features outreach work and library and schools workshops.

 

RONDO THEATRE, BATH:
Weds 17th Sept: Wuthering Heights
Thurs 18th Sept: Jane Eyre
Fri 19th Sept The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 20th Sept: Wuthering Heights / Jane Eyre / The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Weds 24th Sept Wuthering Heights
Thurs 25th Sept: Jane Eyre
Fri 26th Sept: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 27th Sept: Wuthering Heights / Jane Eyre / The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

 

There will be post-show discussions at The Rondo Theatre on Friday the 19th of September and Friday the 26th of September.

 

Bookings* for The Rondo Theatre can be made through Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 or online at www.bathboxoffice.org.uk.

 

*There are special discounts available for groups and for the triple-feature Omnibus Performances. Please ring Bath Box Office for more details.

 

VICTORIA HALL, RADSTOCK
Sat 4th Oct: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Wuthering Heights
Sun 5th Oct: Jane Eyre

 

Bookings for Victoria Hall, Radstock can be made through Bath Box Office on 01225 463362 or online at  www.bathboxoffice.org.uk.

 

ARNOS VALE CEMETRY, BRISTOL
Weds 8th Oct: Jane Eyre
Thurs 9th Oct: Wuthering Heights
Fri 10th Oct: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 11th Oct:  Jane Eyre / Wuthering Heights / The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

 

Bookings for Arnos Vale Cemetry, Bristol can be made through The Tobacco Factory Theatres on 0117 9020344 or online at www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/book.

 

REDMAIDS, BRISTOL
Weds 22nd Oct: Jane Eyre
Thurs 23rd Oct: Wuthering Heights
Fri 24th Oct: TheTenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 25th Oct: Jane Eyre / Wuthering Heights

 

Bookings for Redmaids, Bristol can be made through The Tobacco Factory Theatres on 0117 9020344 or online at www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/book.

 

BARNFIELD, EXETER 
Thurs 30th Oct: Jane Eyre
Friday 31st Oct: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 1st Nov: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall / Wuthering Heights

 

Bookings for The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter can be made directly through the venue at www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk or by ringing  01392 271808.

 

For further information on the project or outreach for schools, community organisations or libraries, please contact the team on:

 


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