Friday, June 25, 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021 1:58 am by M. in ,    No comments
Today, June 25, in Canberra (Australia):
Whittaker Players presents
The Lost Voice of Anne Brontë
by Cate Whittaker
Canberra Theatre Center
The Courtyard Studio
Friday 25 June, 1pm & 7pm
Saturday 26 June, 1.30pm & 7pm

An inspiring drama of the rise of a shy, sweet, sickly girl in the shadow of her two older sisters, who shocks society when she speaks out against the abuse of young women forced into loveless marriages and wives robbed of all legal rights, powerless to leave cruel husbands in her novels.
EDIT: City News provides some additional details:
Whittaker, also the author of “Forgotten”, based on the Parramatta female convict rebellion of 1827, has styled her work “a Victorian melodrama of murderous intrigue, madness and malice”, and intended it to be performed in the Brontë family’s Haworth schoolroom in England as part of the bicentenary celebrations for Anne.
Although the actors are dressed in full period costume, the proposal is very modern, that the Brontë sisters made an early contribution to feminism. The play recreates imaginary conversations between the three housebound sisters about the great questions of life and also its stultifying daily realities.
Anne is depicted by Whittaker as a “shy, sweet, sickly girl in the shadow of her two older sisters”, but she comes out of her shell in her sensational bestseller, “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”, where she depicted a husband’s physical and moral decline. (Helen Musa)


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