Bronte in Bath

PUBLISHED: 12:55 18 May 2011

Bronte

Bronte

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SHARED Experience and the Watermill Theatre visit Bath with their acclaimed production of Bronte.

How is it possible that three Victorian spinsters, living in isolation on the Yorkshire moors could have composed Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time?

Set in 1845, in the isolated parsonage home of the Brontës, Branwell Brontë has returned home in disgrace, dismissed from domestic service following an affair with the mistress of the house.

As he descends further into alcoholism, addiction and insanity, his three sisters escape into their writing, haunted by fictional characters that are now amongst the most famous in literary history.

Beautifully evoking the real and imagined worlds of this extraordinary family, the cast for Brontë is Kristin Atherton as Charlotte, Elizabeth Crarer as Emily, Mark Edel-Hunt as Branwell, Stephen Finegold as Patrick, Frances McNamee as Cathy and Bertha, and Flora Nicholson as Anne.

Shared Experience is renowned nationally and internationally for its highly physical interpretations of classic novels, using powerful dramatic performances and visual imagery.

Brontë was originally written and directed by Polly Teale in 2005.

This new production, directed by Nancy Meckler, began its life when Shared Experience was invited to collaborate with the Watermill Theatre.

This offered the opportunity for a young company to be completely immersed in Shared Experience’s creative process.

Living and working together for seven weeks, the company underwent a rigorous process of exploration led by Nancy Meckler to create Brontë.

Bronte tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from May 17-21.

Tickets, priced £16.50-32.50, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or at www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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