Flowers for Anne's birthday. - The Brontë Society Flowers for Anne's birthday Thank you very much to the person who sends them every year - they are much loved
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With a cast of just six, it's necessary for some amongst them to take on multiple parts. While it's always clear who's who, there's not always quite enough distinction between these doubled-up performances to really bring the characters to life. Nevertheless, in general, the cast perform with admirable commitment. Both of the Catherines and Heathcliff are well played, the performers capturing the fiery, headstrong spirit that defines the characters. Isabella and Nelly are also strong.Dance Tabs gives 4 stars out of 5 to Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre.
There may be something in the fact that Cannon Hill Park's little amphitheatre doesn't quite evoke the atmospheric, wide open space of Cathy's beloved moors, but ultimately, though things pick up towards the end, it's the uneven pacing and structure of this play that really let things down, undermining its dramatic and emotional resonance. On one hand, the play gets off to a slow start, but later, scenes such as Frances' childbirth, performed on stage, are over almost comically quickly. It's a shame, since Wuthering Heights is story that ought to be well-suited to the great outdoors – one can't help but feel that there's real potential here that hasn't quite been fully exploited. (Heather Kincaid)
Jane Eyre has been a huge success for Northern and Cathy Marston, selling out in most places on tour. I look forward to it returning – certainly one of the best new dramatic works I’ve seen in ages. (Bruce Marriott)Demon Online is also enthusiastic about the production.
A visit to the windswept, heather-cloaked moors that link the West Yorkshire and East Lancashire Pennines leaves little doubt as to why the region inspired the Brontë sisters to write such classics as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.Sara Zelda Mazzini writes in Italian about a trip to Haworth. Päiväunien salainen elämä posts in Finnish about Jane Eyre. Brussels Brontë Blog explores some Italian translations and reprints of The Professor.
Brontë Country, as the area is now known, includes the village of Haworth, where Emily, Charlotte and Anne lived; Top Withens, the crumbling farmhouse and supposed setting of Wuthering Heights; and Thornton, on the outskirts of Bradford, where the Brontë sisters were born.
The most popular literary attraction in the area is the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where the sisters once lived and wrote. The museum is still furnished as it was when the family lived there and includes the mahogany dining room table where the sisters used to sit and write and, albeit rather morbidly, the green sofa upon which Emily died. (Aby Dunsby)