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Standing Ovation for ‘Jane Eyre’

Jane Eyre

By Niamh Hanrahan

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

This year’s CLC production of Jane Eyre, directed by Mrs Richards, was performed at the Parabola Arts Centre on the 6th, 7th and 8th December, 2012. It was an adaptation of the original story by Charlotte Brontë, with Rochester’s secret wife, Bertha, also representing the other side of Jane’s personality, a mad, violent and passionate woman – everything a Victorian woman must not show herself to be in society.

 

I went to see the final performance of Jane Eyre, following raving reviews from friends and teachers. I was a little cautious and wasn’t sure that it’d live up to my expectations. Happily, I was proved wrong. From the second that I sat down to watch Isabella Salerno and Lizzie Thresh as the young Jane and Bertha reading about faraway lands, to when Jane and Rochester were finally reunited, I was utterly enthralled. Sometimes in a production there are weak links – people who don’t keep up with the standard of the other actors – however, in this performance, all of the cast, whether they were a main character or a member of the chorus, played their part with everything they had. Synnǿve Karlsen as the adult Bertha provided a truly terrifying portrayal of madness throughout, keeping the audience (especially those on the front row!) on the edges of their seats.

A special mention must be given to the backstage crew of students, who worked tirelessly to ensure the production ran smoothly, whether that meant running on between scenes or dropping feathers from the ceiling! They, like the actors, were true professionals. Jane Eyre not only lived up to my expectations, but it surpassed them. It contained horror, love, violence, betrayal, and so many more emotions – I did not feel that I was watching a school production, but a professional one, and I applaud the actors, backstage crew, and everyone who was involved in the show for all their hard work – I can’t wait for the next one!

Regular PAC audience member? Love the West End? Contact Niamh if you’re interested in writing theatre reviews.

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