Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020 12:30 am by M. in ,    No comments
A new production of Wuthering Heights opens today in Norwich:
The Norwich Players present
Wuthering Heights
Adapted by Jo Clifford
24th-29th February, 2019
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, UK

Through the windows of a gloomy house two children stare longingly into the night awaiting the return of their father from the city. He will bring something home: a boy. His name will be Heathcliff and his arrival will spark a passionate story of obsessive love and violent revenge. For some he will prove to be a gift from God, for others a curse from the Devil.
Emily Brontë’s passionate novel is wittily reimagined by Jo Clifford, ‘a key voice among a brilliant generation of Scottish playwrights.’ Famed for establishing the reputations of the Traverse Theatre Company, Clifford is one of Britain’s greatest adaptors of fiction, and her play of Dickens’ Great Expectations, a West End hit, was described by The Guardian as ‘a miracle of intelligent compression.’
An amateur production by arrangement with Alan Brodie Representation.
Norwich Evening News has further information:
Weeks of wild weather mean you might not need much imagination to picture the fierce beauty of the exposed Yorkshire moors, the setting for Emily Brontë's classic novel.
But this adaptation of Wuthering Heights takes its bold and confident styling in a different direction, with director and joint designer Sabrina Poole's production mixing video, audio, and clever use of the Maddermarket's galleries and windows to bring the internal storms of its characters to life.
Jo Clifford's text strips away the later chapters of the book and rejigs some of the timeline to focus on the frustrated passions that rage between Cathy, the gentleman's daughter, and Heathcliff, the vagabond boy rescued by her father. (James Gofin).

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