Culture Vultures watch out - the Blackeyed Theatre's brand new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is definitely worth a last minute trip to The Playhouse!
Set in manors across rural England in the late 19th century, the story is narrated by its subject Jane – an iconic and passionate heroine of the Romantic era. It’s not an easy task to present a classic story in a new and interesting way, but this small and very talented cast definitely pulled it off.
The musical formatting was superb with the actors playing instruments live which created an incredibly immersive experience.
The cast of five switched between roles effortlessly with very few costume changes. The most impressive being Eleanor Toms and Camilla Simeon who transformed between Adele, Blanche and Diana and Aunt Reed, Bertha Mason and Mrs Fairfax respectively. That’s no small feat!
The small set had a edgy architectural feel and the creative use of furniture such as benches for doors gave a real depth to the stage. The clever set changes during scenes were interesting to watch and surprisingly it didn’t interrupt the performance at all.
Kelsey Short’s performance as our independent Gothic heroine Jane was incredibly moving and a force to be reckoned with. Her principles and drive as a working class woman are admirable and as relevant today and they ever have been. It rather left me wanting to be the her BFF!
Book tickets: Wed 9th October last night!
Words: Fran Massingham