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by Polly Teale
Presented by Tower Theatre Company
Upstairs at the Gatehouse
5th July – 9th July 7.30pm
Matinee Saturday 9th 3pm
Directed by Simona Hughes
An amateur production presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Yorkshire, 1845. Branwell Brontë returns home in disgrace, dismissed from his job and plagued by alcohol and drug addiction. Meanwhile his sisters counter their rural isolation and the rigid trappings of the age, by channeling their intellect, frustrations and buried desires into the creative furnace of their writing.
In this ingenious and gripping interpretation of the Brontë legend, Polly Teale (Artistic Director of Shared Experience) brilliantly evokes the real and imagined worlds of the three sisters by weaving their fictional characters into the action, powerfully revealing all that is thwarted, suppressed and unconscious.