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Red Room Productions presents
adapted by Polly Teale
Simpkins Lee Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.
Directed by Imogen O'Sullivan and Olivia Gillman.
21st -24th November.
Weds-Sat 7.30 (Sat Matinee 2.30)
Polly Teale's adaptation of 'Jane Eyre' centers on Jane's relationship with Bertha Mason - the original 'mad woman in the attic' - at once her childhood playmate and her alter-ego. Joined together in adolescent sexual exploration, Jane is then forced to lock away this embodiment of her passions and desires in order to survive in Victorian society. Bertha is made to watch Jane suffer through the ordeals of a torturous school life to her heart-break at the hands of her fierce and commanding employer, Mr Rochester, but refuses to stay locked up for long...
'Women feel just as men feel. They suffer from stagnation. They must exercise their powers. They must have action, and they will make it if they cannot find it.'
This Christmas, Red Room Productions present a visually exciting and psychologically compelling, 'electro-Victorian' take on Brontë's timeless classic.
CastJane Eyre - Chloe Gale
Bertha Mason - Joanne Murray
Mr Rochester - Phillip Gemmell
St John Rivers/John Reed - Alex Stutt
Mrs Fairfax/Mrs Reed - Lucy Shenton
Bessie/Blanche Ingram/Diana Rivers - Josie Richardson
Adele/Helen Burns/Mary Rivers - Alice Inglis
Brocklehurst/Lord Ingram - Adam Diaper
Richard Mason - Jack Briggs
CrewAssistant Director - Vicki Lampard
Production Manager - Ruby Riley
Marketing Manager - Sara Edwards
Stage Manager - Alice Fraser
Lighting/Sound Design - Elliott Keren