Saturday, June 04, 2016

Loughborough Echo announces the upcoming performances of Chapterhouse Theatre Company's Wuthering Heights tour in Bradgate Park:
Chapterhouse Theatre Company are thrilled to announce that they will also be performing Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights on Sunday, June 26, at 5pm at Bradgate Park.
This treasured story of enduring love and passion has been adapted by award winning writer Laura Turner.
She said: “As an enormous fan of the Brontës, adapting Wuthering Heights for the open air stage was a dream come true.
“There is something thrilling about the sheer drama and emotion of this story and to me, an open air setting could not be more fitting.
“I hope that this adaptation brings the passion between Cathy and Heathcliff alive to pay true homage to Emily Brontë’s unforgettable novel.”
Rebecca Gadsby, director, added: “Wuthering Heights is such a wonderfully enticing story for a director; full of passion, rage, anger, manipulation and some very complex characters. It also has one of the most complicated love stories in literature.
“But these elements make it a joy for a creative team to work on, because there is so much unsaid between the characters that we have plenty of scope for interpretation. I want to take the audience on a journey through the emotional highs and lows that Brontë so excellently explores in her novel. And what better backdrop to do this, than the wild English countryside?” (Matt Jarram)
Female First reviews Northern Ballet's Jane Eyre production:
 The novel itself is well-respected for its revelation of Jane’s inner thoughts (extremely unusual at the time Brontë was writing.) As such, it is thrilling to see the moments where our characters emotions rise up physically through their bodies only to be swallowed and supressed – a wonderful nod to the novel for the literary minded in the crowd.(...)
The set is largely comprised of several moveable sections, all broad brushstrokes and rounded curves in muted browns and greys. Gauze is also used to effect and consequently the brooding and mysterious moors cast their shadow over the entire production. Scene changes come thick and fast, but are executed seamlessly and are never distracting. Simple use of chairs gives us a sense of place. The costume is simple and functional but with enough of a period style. In particular, the fire red dress of Mr Rochester’s mentally disturbed wife Bertha, all torn and tattered, is a beauty, and echoes her sad tale perfectly. (CarlyH)
Bucks Free Press also presents the production. Broadway World, by the way, informs of yet another ballet adaptation of Wuthering Heights in the works. The Charlotte Ballet is going to premiere it in their next season (in April 2017):
Associate Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer Sasha Janes, who [Jean-Pierre] Bonnefoux has nurtured during his tenure, is creating an adaptation of Wuthering Heights to premiere in April
Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) discusses the Brontës in the digital age:
2016 marks the 200th birth anniversary of one of my favourite writers, Charlotte Brontë, which got me wondering - if she had existed in this era, would the highly acclaimed and equally reviled classic Jane Eyre ever have been written? What kind of audience would it have drawn?
First of all, unless you're a time traveller, I believe the atmosphere and tone of such a story cannot be created unless witnessed first hand. Even with Charlotte's tragic sister Emily and her only published novel Wuthering Heights - you can't help feeling there's a lingering element of truth - which is what makes us experience intensely not only the pain, love and tragedy portrayed in the story but also the feel of surroundings like the blustery moor where doomed lovers Heathcliff and Catherine went on their rambles. (Enid Parker)
The Islington Tribune talks about some recent events at the Hay Festival. Including Tracy Chevalier and Joanna Briscoe talk on Reader, I Married Him:
It is one of the most famous lines in English literature: “Reader, I married him”, from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. And as NW5 authors Tracy Chevalier and Joanna Briscoe told an audience at Hay, it was the inspiration for a new collection of short stories written to celebrate the author’s bicentenary.
Joined on stage by novelist Lionel Shriver, who also contributed to the anthology, the event saw them read excerpts and then discuss the continuing influence of the novel.
“I decided to ask writers to respond to the line ‘Reader, I married him’ to celebrate Charlotte’s 200th birthday,” said Tracy, who lives in Dartmouth Park, and who edits the collection. “I approached 20 authors to write a story inspired by the line. I was fascinated by the results. I have to say that Jane does not always come out of this very well. Some took the imagery. Some simply took the setting, or wrote the story from another character’s point of view. What everyone did was consider love, marriage, proposals, voices and words.”
Joanna said she remembered her mother’s hardback copy of Jane Eyre and first read it when she was 10. “I related then to the childhood sequences,” she said. “I reread it every few years.”
Asked why the sentence worked so well, Lionel Shriver replied: “It is aggressive grammar. She married him, not he married her. It is striking for the period. There is a presumption of will, which is unusual, and addressing the reader directly was also unusual. Then there is an implicit surprise of the informa­tion – it’s like reader, you will not believe this, but I married this arsehole!” (Dan Carrier)
The Financial Times has an article on Hebden Bridge:
The west Yorkshire landscape described by Emily Brontë is a place of moody stretches of moorland and dark, desolate valleys: “Oh, these bleak winds, and bitter, northern skies, and impassable roads,” laments Lockwood in Wuthering Heights. So it is surprising, then, to find among such surroundings a colourful town known as the “lesbian capital of the UK”. (Tory Kingdon)
The Conversation makes a controversial statement:
Arguably, the young adult and the young adult novel have existed for some time. Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens and even Goethe featured them and wrote them, of a kind. The Bildungsroman, or coming of age story, was aimed at all ages (think David Copperfield). (Gillian James)
Kathy Lette is considering using a nom de plume in The Advertiser:
And ’twas ever thus. Emily Brontë published Wuthering Heights under the masculine pen name Ellis Bell. Her sister Charlotte Brontë penned Jane Eyre under the male moniker of Currer Bell. George Eliot’s real name was Mary Anne Evans. George Sand was christened Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin. Louisa May Alcott began her writing career as A. M. Barnard. Even Harper Lee dropped her first name, Nelle, to avoid stigmatisation.
Entertainment Weekly list several 'devastating love stories'. Including:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë’s only novel stands alone as a masterpiece in grief and longing. Read widely in classrooms, Wuthering Heights tells the epic story of star-crossed lovers Heathcliff and Catherine, who can’t be together because of their differing classes. They and their offspring march toward their tortured fates, casting aside happiness for extreme despair through decades in the English moors. (Jessica Goodman)
Down East describes some of the Acadia National Park's best hiking trails:
Great Head
You’re Jane Eyre, cloak billowing in the wind as you run down a rocky path and across a brooding moor. Oh, okay, you’re not Jane Eyre — you’ve never even owned a cloak — but who can blame you for indulging in a little romantic escapism atop this windswept headland? 
Toronto Star quotes the author Jojo Moyes about her novel (now film) Me Before You:
“I think I had a far more prosaic view of who (Lou) was but I get that and it’s funny now that this story is done and I am looking at it with a more distant, analytical eye, I can see all sorts of tropes in there: Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester, Beauty and the Beast, Bridget Jones, there lots of elements in there I didn’t realize when I was writing it.” (Linda Barnard)
An exhibition of Victorian clothing will take place in Jeffersonville, Indiana. The Courier-Journal says:
Have you ever wanted to see breathtaking Victorian era gowns like what Jane Eyre wore? Starting Tuesday, June 7, you can see these types of gowns up close and personal in Indiana.
The Howard Steamboat Museum will exhibit the vintage dress reproductions, created by Shakespearean artist Ruby Grace Miller, (Allana J. Barefield)
Lakshmi Sharath visits Northern Ireland in The Press Journal:
We are at Castle Ward that looks straight out of a Victorian novel. The couple who owned it – Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh had different tastes and they decided to display it on their castle, not just the interior but the facade as well. So, while one part of the house has a classical style, the other facade looks very ornate in a gothic look. But whatever you say, the castle has a feel of Wuthering Heights about it.
Yahoo News lists films available on Netflix including Jane Eyre 2011:
If Mia Wasikowska ever stops starring in period dramas, we’ll probably cry. Her portrayal of the titular character, as well as Cary Joji Fukunaga’s nuanced direction, takes a work that could easily make a very melodramatic film and turn it into a tantalizingly slow-paced, magnetic piece. Drama comes in the small moments, subtle facial expressions, and charged dialogue. Michael Fassbender’s Rochester is also stormy without falling into the trap of being absurdly so, like so many anti-hero period actors have done before him — we’re looking at you, Matthew Macfadyen. When the film does finally come to its climax, the determined inner strength that Wasikowska lends to Jane carries her, and the film, to its denouement.
La Voce dell'Isola (Italy) interviews the (very) young author Giorgia Lo Re:
Quali sono le tue letture? (Salvo Zappulla)
Ho sempre letto storie fantasy con annesse love story, ma da un po’ di tempo ho deciso di ampliare gli orizzonti e mi sto appassionando lentamente alla lettura dei classici, soprattutto quelli della letteratura inglese, come “Cime Tempestose” di Emily Brontë.  (Translation)
Oubliette Magazine (in Italian) reviews The Professor. Writergurlny posts about Claire Harman's Charlotte Brontë. A Fiery Heart. Clube do livro e amigos (in Portuguese) reviews Shirley.

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