The BTEC drama students from Writhlington School produced a confident and impressive production of this rather weighty script, to retell the classic tell of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester and of course the woman in the attic.

Dixie Newman in the title role, rose to the challenge; creating a believable, sensitive and heartbroken Jane with ease alongside an equally commanding James Mcdowell as Mr. Rochester. Most pupils played more than one character which also resulted in different challenges for the cast, all of whom coped well with the demands of the text. Jack Strawbridge adapted to the many roles with ease as did Lily Ballantyne Morrison and Jess Nicholson.

The whole company worked well together, the rapid changes of performances styles and use of music ensured a varied and accessible way into the story, clearly all students were well rehearsed and committed to the task in hand.

The lighting and set design created an oppressive and dark world, with some lovely effects from Ed Hill. Costumes, designed by Carol Lewis, matched the vision of the production well and the gothic style of Bertha Mason (Rosie Cox) was very stylish.

Under the direction of Helena Greenlees, assisted by James Moore the text and concept was well executed with some outstanding moments when music and drama mixed seamlessly. This production clearly indicated a good mix of talent and through the use of both modern and classic styles of interpretation the entire cast was well occupied and the team work excellent.

Petra Schofield