The tale of Wuthering Heights, without question one of the most passionate and destructive love stories ever written is a huge undertaking to bring to the stage; this piece is part of a Bronte trilogy on offer this week including Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildefell Hall all written and performed by different teams.
The tale of Cathy and Heathcliff whose complicated love for each other from childhood through to adulthood eventually transcends their death; leaving a legacy that is a tangled web of uncertainty and foreboding .
Dougie Blaxland has condensed the tale into a 90 minute drama with a cast of two; Alison Campbell and Jeremy Fowlds morph their way through the many characters with great ease and the tale is primarily told through the narrators of the novel Mr. Lockwood and Nellie Dean.
There are times when the acting feels a little restricted by the nature of the dialogue, combining passages of the novel with new script is a difficult task and at times the very nature of using prose as speech creates a barrier to greater scope for the performers.
However, the minimalist staging and strong performances keep the story moving along; reaching its climax with great conviction and style.
Well worth watching and certainly a good opportunity for any student to achieve some fine revision tips on this iconic tale.
*** (3 Stars)