Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pervious Polls

The Chapterhouse Theatre Company's Wuthering Heights UK tour gets articles in regional newspapers, like the Ulster Star:

Solitude Park, Banbridge, is set to become an enchanted world of magic and delight as Banbridge District Council present an enthralling open-air theatrical production of Emily Bronte’s celebrated literary classic, Wuthering Heights, on Friday July 25 at 7.30pm.
Performed by Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Emily Brontë’s classic love story Wuthering Heights tells the treasured story of enduring love and passion that has thrilled and entranced for generations. It is now brought alive on stage in an adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner. (...)
In conjunction with the outdoor theatre, Libraries NI are providing professional actors in the three of the libraries across the district, Banbridge, Dromore and Rathfriland. These actors will be re-enacting excerpts from a selection of the Brontë novels along with one piece from Wuthering Heights. These are taking place in the run up to the outdoor theatre – in Banbridge and Rathfriland on Tuesday July 22 from 7-8pm and in Dromore on Wednesday July 23 from 7-8pm. All these events are free admission but prior booking with each library is advisable.
The Seattle Taproot Theatre's production of the Gordon & Caird's Jane Eyre musical is reviewed in The Seattle Times:
Something essential is missing in Taproot’s intimate production of the show, which had its Broadway debut in 2000 and had a Seattle Musical Theatre airing in 2009. The piece is gracefully arrayed by director Karen Lund on the company’s modest-sized mainstage.
It is in the main attractively costumed (by Sarah Burch Gordon), and features some appealing voices. A chamber trio perched in a loft area ably executes the neoclassical score composed by Paul Gordon.
But this “Jane Eyre” stokes only a dull spark between the orphaned young governess Jane, played by Jessica Spencer, and her enigmatic master at the remote Yorkshire estate of Thornfield Hall, Edward Rochester (Art Anderson).
The lack of chemistry can be partly blamed on the mismatched portrayals of these two central and paradigmatic characters. Another culprit: John Caird’s book for the musical doesn’t find enough ways to animate Jane’s interior life and give her a more active role in the tale. (It also shortchanges that pathetic castoff in the attic.)
Spencer’s Jane is mostly watchful and worried, drably attired and tends to look glum. At times, the character’s exceptional intelligence and sensitivity shine through the prim, tightly bound form of a dutiful servant.
But where is the full blossoming of her long-suppressed selfhood, as Jane’s rapport with Rochester evolves into a mutual passion? And when they finally do unite, it’s not the sexy soul-connection it should be.
Unlike most cinematic Rochesters (from Orson Welles to Michael Fassbender), Anderson isn’t so much the Byronic brooder, with hidden depths of sensitivity and affection to discover beneath a brutish surface.
He’s more playful and flirtatious, more like the dashing male lead of a comic operetta wooing a wallflower. It’s off-course, but Anderson is an excellent singer of some of the best numbers in Gordon’s score, which circles and recircles in the Andrew Lloyd Webber mode. (Misha Berson)
The Huddersfield Daily Examiner invites you to spend school holidays in Huddersfield, of course:
Look for wildlife at Oakwell Hall and Country Park
Popular with Brontë fans and wildlife enthusiasts alike, Oakwell Hall and Country Park is the perfect spot for a summer picnic.
A favourite spot for dog walkers and horseriders, the Birstall park offers woodland walking trails, plenty of green open space and an adventure playground to keep little ones active. Two educational visitor centres can help youngsters learn more about the wildlife found in the park's woods and ponds. (Samantha Robinson)
Brogan Driscoll in The Huffington Post makes the following comment:
I was six when they got married, my younger brother was two. To this day - yes, in 2014 - people are shocked to hear that we were born "outside of wedlock", as if we're characters in a Brontë novel.
Grace Dent describes like this the process of writing Jane Eyre in The Independent:
In 1845, Charlotte Brontë created Jane Eyre after a long, tedious stare out of the window.
The Guardian's Crossword Blog talks, among many things, about polls:
... which tells us that POLL has a longer and more illustrious history as a parrot pseudonym, having been used by Jonson, Defoe, a Brontë and, as late as the 1920s, Joyce. (Alan Connor)
A Brontë means Charlotte Brontë in The Professor (Chapter XXIV):
"And you say the Swiss are mercenary, as a parrot says 'Poor Poll,' or as the Belgians here say the English are not brave, or as the French accuse them of being perfidious: there is no justice in your dictums."
And even more words worth defending in Chicago Now:
"Pervious" even shows up in Ch. 14 of "Jane Eyre," by Charlotte Brontë. Edward Rochester describes himself as "hard and tough as an Indian-rubber ball; pervious, though, through a chink or two still, and with one sentient point in the middle of the lump."
Finding that quotation reminded me of that lovely word "sentient," too. (Thanks, Charlotte.) My dictionary defines it as "having, capable of feeling or perception; conscious" or simply "the mind." (Margaret H. Laing)
ITV News talks about the shooting of the film The Taking:
Over the years Yorkshire has often been used as the backdrop for films, with movies like Damned United, Wuthering Heights and the Kings Speech all being shot in the region. Now another production 'The Taking' is hoping to help put Yorkshire on the blockbuster map.
El País (Spain) visits Hadrian's wall in the UK:
A veces discurre a través de una plácida campiña inglesa, salpicada de ovejas; otras, por encima de desfiladeros; algunas, a través de un páramo como el de Cumbres borrascosas. El muro está ahí para recordar que todo este paisaje fue una tierra de frontera.
Tportal (Croatia) interviews Irena Matijašević:
Moje čitanje ljubića je prestalo u dvadesetima, s Charlotte Brontë i 'Jane Eyre', što ne znači da oni nisu stvorili neku romantičnu predispoziciju ili je izveli na svjetlo dana. Ipak, odredile su me, kao i svakoga čovjeka, i druge knjige, uglavnom filozofija i teorija, iz kojih sam učila. Najčešće sam čitala da bih se bolje orijentirala u svijetu i eventualno osvijetlila neke meni nepoznate dijelove same sebe, zato su na mojim policama uglavnom knjige iz filozofije i psihologije. (Gordana Kolanović)
Reviews by Hutchinson Public Library staff and patrons briefly posts about Jane Eyre.

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