Trio recapture Bronte's masterpiece
CHARLOTTE Bronte and her most famous work, Jane Eyre, is at The Roses in Tewkesbury this week.
Produced by the indomitable Hull Truck and directed by Nick Lane, this clever adaptation has a cast of just three.
An atmospheric backdrop of burnt journal pages and books line the modest set as the play opens with Jane Eyre's most famous line: "Reader, I married him."
We meet Jane, beautifully portrayed by Rebecca Hutchinson whilst she is a teacher at Lowood. She soon moves to Thornfield, owned by brooding Mr Rochester, played brilliantly by Andrew Dowbiggen – who also takes on the roles of St John Rivers, Mason, William and John Reed.
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The tale of love, loss and redemption unfolds as we see Jane become governess to a little french girl, Adele. Played by Victoria Kay, she provided much of the comedy and light relief throughout the drama as she moved seamlessly between the roles of Miss Temple, Mrs Fairfax, Blanche and Bertha.
And with a clever use of flashbacks throughout, we see Jane's bleak beginnings under the care of Aunt Reed.
There were a few witty lines and just enough emotion as Mr Rochester and Jane were reunited.
Hull Truck captures the essence of Bronte's daring novel. It's made me want to read it all over again.