Friday, November 15, 2013

In Alabama, Rhode Island and Dorset

In St Albans, Alabama:
Company of Ten presents
Wuthering Heights
adapted by April de Angelis
Abbey Theatre
Main Stage

Thu 14 - Sat 16 Nov, 8PM
Sun 17 Nov, 2.30 PM
Wed 20 - Sat 23 Nov, 8PM

Directed by Tina Swain

Emily Brontë’s gothic tale of love and revenge adapted by April De Angelis for today’s audiences.
Cathy and Heathcliff are inseparable as children, and their friendship grows into a passionate love. But when Cathy chooses to marry the wealthy Edgar Linton, what will become of them both, and how will the decision influence the fate of the next generation?
Please note that there are no public performances on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 November. The production on Thursday 21 November will be audio described.
The Herts Advertiser interviews the director:
Wuthering Heights is a well-known novel, often set as a school text. There have also been several film and television adaptations, so the story and characters are familiar and almost everyone knows the Kate Bush song.
“What struck me when I first read this stage adaptation was that familiarity – the play really captures the essential elements of the novel and translates them into an exciting, fast-moving piece of theatre.
“De Angelis uses the two narrators, Mr Lockwood and Nelly Dean, to ensure that the plot is easily accessible, but she also captures the iconic characters we recognise. It’s surprising to discover that most of Emily Brontë’s novel actually takes place inside the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and the play makes use of this to great dramatic effect. We’ve also had the challenge of portraying several of the disturbing or violent moments that Brontë wrote, which have caused gasps of horror even in rehearsal!”
And in Bristol, Rhode Island:
Roger Williams University Theatre Season
Jane Eyre
Adapted from Charlotte Brontë's novel by Polly Teale
November 15-17; 21-23
(Main Season II)

For a Victorian woman to express her passionate nature is to invite severe punishment. Could it be that Jane and the madwoman at Thornfield are not opposites, but are parts of the same woman? Central to this adaptation is the idea that inside the sensible and proper Jane exists another self who is passionate and sensual. Bertha, locked way in the attic embodies the fire and longing which Jane must keep hidden.

“I have to come to see the novel as a quest, a passionate enquiry” –Polly Teale
EDIT:
Finally, in Dorset a work-in-progress new adaptation of Jane Eyre:
The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Heavy Weather present Jane Eyre
November 15, 7.00 pm

A work in progress sharing as part of the R&D by the Sea development programme.
Heavy Weather is a dynamic theatre company with a passion for new and old writing, fresh perspectives on classics, and equality in the arts. Nature, the supernatural, folklore, folksong, child abuse, abandonment, insanity, arson, death, desire, devotion, religion, poverty, wealth, family, travel, youth, wisdom, experience – they want to tell the memorable story of Jane Eyre in a way that audiences have not seen or heard before. They want to take the spirit of the book, the feel of the characters, the taste of the landscape and turn these into our own theatrical language.
A set of pictures of the rehearsals here.

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