Saturday, March 12, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
A new adaptation of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea in BBC Radio 4:
Saturday, 12 March 2:30 PM
Wide Sargasso Sea
Directed by Helen Perry
Adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

Antoinette Cosway ... Lara Rossi
Edward Rochester ... Trystan Gravelle
Christophine ... Martina Laird
Young Antoinette ... Eleanor Worthington-Cox
Amelie ... Alexandria Riley
Grace Poole ... Jaimi Barbakoff
Annette ... Sirine Saba
Mr Mason ... Don Gilet
Tia ... Emily Burnett
Richard Mason ... Eric Abrefa

Set against the sumptuous backdrop of 19th century Jamaica, Jean Rhys' stirring prequel to Jane Eyre envisages the life of the first Mrs Rochester before she became the 'mad woman in the attic.'
A new version by multi-award winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Sold in to marriage with a dashing young Englishman, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway senses danger. But how could anyone have predicted the devastating future that awaited her. As their honeymoon becomes infected by vicious rumours, her new husband's paranoia begins to grow. The cultural divide between them increases and his desire to turn her into the perfect Victorian wife ultimately becomes a battle for her soul. Until eventually Antoinette is torn from her home, stripped of her identity and transformed into the ghoulish Bertha Rochester.
Original score composed and performed by Lucy Rivers with guitar by Dan Lawrence.

Winner of the WH Smith Literary Award in 1967 and named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels, Wide Sargasso Sea holds its own as a beautiful work on human frailty and oppression.


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