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Jane Eyre: An AutobiographyThe Bath Chronicle publishes some more information.
Charlotte Brontë, adapted by Dougie Blaxland
Live Wire Theatre
The Rondo Theatre, Bath
From 10 July 2013 to 11 July 2013
With Alison Campbell
Directed by Jazz Hazelwood
From a miserable childhood controlled by uncaring adults, Jane Eyre learns to rely on her own resources and determination to make her way in the world.
Employed as a governess, she travels across the bleak Yorkshire moors to the Gothic isolation of Thornfield Hall – a house of locked doors with a dark and dangerous secret. There she meets the mysterious but fascinating Mr Rochester.
Can the narrow constraints of Victorian society and the demons of the past be overcome? Should Jane be ruled by her head or heart?
Live Wire Theatre Company returns with Dougie Blaxland’s innovative one woman version of Charlotte Brontë’s classic tale of love, loss and reconciliation.
The beauty of Live Wire Theatre’s poignant and poised production is the pace of movement and the succinctness of expression that lies at the heart of this excellent adaptation. This is the way to introduce r
ecalcitrant students of literature to the classics and in particular the Victorian novel.
I was struck throughout by the ingenuity and inventiveness of Jazz Hazelwood’s direction. The stage is divided by a gauze allowing the heroine to move in and out of focus as she journeys backwards and forwards in time through the events of her life. Moreover, the rhythm of the production is spot on, combining quiet moments of thoughtful reflection with the more intense dramatic episodes in which pace and tension raise the stakes significantly.
Ali Campbell’s performance as Jane Eyre is subtle, connected and utterly compelling. She captures the balance of the heroine’s strength of mind and emotional vulnerability with great skill. Because this is a one-woman production she also plays all the other characters, bringing them to life through wonderful variations in voice and movement. Hers is a first-class performance in what is undoubtedly a first-class production. (Sue Gordon)