THE Shared Experience version of Jane Eyre, adapted by Polly Teale and first staged in Bristol, comes to Salisbury’s Studio Theatre from 21st to 26th May.
Teale’s adaptation was first seen in 1997, and uses rich text and language combined with movement and music to convey the inner passions concealed behind the familiar characters in Charlotte Bronte’s novel.
Inside the sensible, moral Jane exists a passionate, sensual and rebellious woman, fighting to be free of the constraints of Victorian society. Bertha, the “madwoman in the attic,” represents this side of Jane’s character. The audience is invited into the invisible world of emotion and imagination.
The Studio Theatre production is directed by Tamsin Jacson with original music from North Dorset based composer Rupert Egerton-Smith.
The Studio Theatre cast includes Alice Hudson as Jane, Adam Barge as Rochester and Sophie Townsend as Bertha with George Cotterill, Terry D’Onofrio, Emilia Fletcher, George Goulding, Kristian Hamilton, Brian Waddingham, Rebecca Witt and Emma Young. School children, party guests and market traders are played by members of the company.
Performances at the newly extended Studio Theatre in Ashley Road, Salisbury start nightly at 7.30.
Photograph, of Alice Hudson, Emilia Fletcher and Adam Barge, by Trinity Photography/Anthony von Roretz
For more details telephone 01722 342860 or visit the website, www.studiotheatre.org.uk