Thursday, February 07, 2013

Thursday, February 07, 2013 12:30 am by M. in    No comments
A solo play with Brontë echoes opens today in Lisburn, Northern Ireland:
Female Gothic
Adapted and Performed by Rebecca Vaughan
Directed by Guy Masterson
Island Arts Centre (Lisburn, Ulster, UK)
Thu 07 Feb, 8:00 PM

From the company that brought you Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth and The Diaries of Adam and Eve…
An artist, gripped by the clutching fingers of a dead past; a scientist, defying nature in the dark realm of the senses; an expectant father, driven mad by creeping shadows…
A lone, haunted woman tells chilling tales of the macabre and terrifying, illuminating the curious frailties of human nature…
The Victorian fascination with tales of mystery and the supernatural created an enduring legacy of Gothic fiction; but it is often the male writers that we remember. Many thrilling and eerie stories from the great female writers of that era have gathered dust and been forgotten. Until now. 
The Belfast News Letter adds:
Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847) both display elements of a gothic mood: tormented lovers on dark and windswept heaths, a madwoman locked in an attic, the looming threat of violence and death, the sense of ghostly presences.  (Joanne Savage)

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