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Charlotte Brontë would struggle to find any comparisons in the initial sections of this theatrical re-imagining of her gothic masterpiece Villette. [...]Kent News sums up the recent Marlowe Theatre anniversary gala performance in Canterbury during which
Marshall-Griffiths’s use of clones and the psychological excavation of the past to make sense of personal destinies is broadly reminiscent of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go, a dystopian reference echoed in Jess Curtis’s set design, with an observation camera mounted in the lab to monitor all activity and the archaeological dig located in what could either be a dusty, baked landscape or on the moon.
Such metaphors are thought-provoking. But while they intrigue, the play never quite establishes a strong emotional connection between its characters and the audience. (Susan Darlington)
Continuing from the heartfelt piece was an adaptation ballet performance of Jane Eyre, seemingly re-enacting the complicated relationship between Jane and Mr Rochester from Bronte’s romanctic novel. (Adele Couchman)The West Australian has an original approach to an article on three days of hearings by Australian bankers before a parliamentary inquiry:
Twelve hours of testimony. More than 130,000 words of evidence — or the same number Emily Brontë used to give us the story of love and loss at the heart of Wuthering Heights.The Plymouth Herald features a forthcoming BBC programme series called Books That Made Britain and mentions the fact that
But the difference between Brontë’s brilliance and three days of hearings by Australian bankers before a parliamentary inquiry was more than just the absence of Catherine and Heathcliff. (Shane Wright)
The landscapes themselves have inspired unforgettable stories too.Barnes & Noble Reads has selected Jane Eyre as one of the best books on love.
The Yorkshire moors fuelled the Brontë sisters' work - and Catherine Cookson built her novels from the deprived Tyneside towns she grew up in. (Rachael Dodd)