The Bristol Women’s Literature Festival is a big fan of those fantastic, challenging, inspiring and brave writers, the Bronte sisters. So we’re thrilled to help promote a series of plays that bring their work to life.
Butterfly Psyche Theatre presents
The Brontë Season
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
Cathy, Wuthering Heights
Three talented sisters
Three captivating heroines
Three new adaptations!
Whether you’re a hard-core Brontë fan or if you’ve never had the pleasure, these fresh new interpretations will invigorate, inspire and warm the heart of young and old.
Live Wire Theatre together with Butterfly Psyche Theatre have created three brilliant, new stage adaptations of the Brontë sisters’ classic novels: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Performed in rep, with only one and two actors, there’s a chance to mix-and-match an old favourite along with a new acquaintance as well as the chance to see all three at Omnibus Performances on the Saturday (Arnos Vale only in Bristol)*.
Adapted by critically acclaimed writers Dougie Blaxland (Biggles, A Christmas Carol, That Moment) and Alison Farina (Fertility Objects, The Persistence of Memory, The Blue Bird) these new productions show very clearly how progressive and brave the Brontë sisters really were. Their passionate, iconic and timeless stories (written nearly 200 years ago) touch upon issues that are still very much relevant today.
Butterfly Psyche Theatre is a Bath-based professional theatre company specialising in collaborative working, outreach and new writing. Our recent shows include: Fertility Objects, The Persistence of Memory, and our 2013 Family Christmas production, The Blue Bird. We have teamed up with another Bath company, Livewire Theatre (recent shows include: That Moment, A Christmas Carol, Biggles Flies a Fokker Home) to create this exciting project featuring some of Britain’s best love writers.
Also collaborating with us on the project is Bristol-based writer, producer and theatre maker, Shane Morgan. Shane is Co-Director of independent theatre company Roughhouse Theatre and has produced work in Australia, the UK and the USA. Shane is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Bristol, Associate Director of the Rondo Theatre, Bath and associate Theatre Editor for Bare Fiction magazine . He is also a regular reviewer for WhatsOnStage.com
Reviews of Livewire’s Jane Eyre:
“. as fine a stage adaptation of a novel as you are likely to see – a five star show in every sense.”
Bath Chronicle 5-Stars (*****)
“.gave my soul a little hug…”
Intermission 5-Stars (*****)
“.first-class performance in what is undoubtedly a first-class production.”
British Theatre Guide 5-Stars (*****)
ARNOS VALE CEMETRY, BRISTOL
Bath Rd, Bristol BS4 3EW
Weds 8th Oct: Jane Eyre
Thurs 9th Oct: Wuthering Heights
Fri 10th Oct: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 11th Oct: 1pm Jane Eyre / 4pm Wuthering Heights / 7.30pm The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Parking for up to 30 vehicles on site. Alternative parking can be found across the road at Paintworks: Bath Rd, Bristol BS4 3EH
Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW
Weds 22nd Oct: Jane Eyre
Thurs 23rd Oct: Wuthering Heights
Frid 24th Oct: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Sat 25th Oct: 2.30pm Jane Eyre / 7.30pm Wuthering Heights
Photos from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, all images by Lisa Hounsome