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Brontë Finally Finds Herself in Wellington

Brontë Finally Finds Herself in Wellington

‘A riveting performance… superb!’ – Rip it up Adelaide

Charlotte Brontë’s closest friend Mary Taylor made the four month journey from London to Wellington in 1845, to make Cuba Street her home. Brontë described her personal loss ‘as if a great planet fell out of the sky’. Now at last Brontë will make the trip to Wellington, channelled through actress Mel Dodge, and directed by award-winning Lyndee Jane Rutherford.

Charlotte Brontë remains one of the literary darlings of the world, the celebrated writer of Jane Eyre.

Writer & performer Mel Dodge brings her to life in this captivating, one-woman show Miss Brontë, which after a successful season at Ayers House Museum in Adelaide, will be making its Wellington debut at Circa Theatre in February 2014.

In Miss Brontë, we are introduced to Charlotte, alone after the death of her siblings. She is filled with hope that her sister Emily may have left a draft for a new novel somewhere amongst her precious papers and she dreams of seeing her sister’s words one last time. In her search for this manuscript she takes the audience through the story of her and Emily’s remarkable careers; their secret loves, tenacity and personal tragedies.

“It’s a play for anyone who is a romantic, who knows what love is and unrequited love, and the pain of it and the beauty of it; and also the beauty of actually having your dreams attained. Actually achieving what no-one expects you to achieve,” says Dodge.

Dodge created the work using Brontë’s letters, diaries and the many biographical works discussing Charlotte’s life. Having completed a literature degree, she said she “fell in love with that whole era” – another of Dodge’s plays Jane Austen is Dead has had successful sell out seasons in Wellington,
Adelaide and Melbourne.

A play for theatre and literature lovers alike – don’t miss this opportunity to get an insight into the enigmatic Charlotte Brontë.

‘Her characterisaton is superbly realised… a high quality production.’ – Glam Adelaide ‘It's fascinating to hear about the true characters that inspired the fiction.’ Advertiser Adelaide

Brave Theatre presents Miss Brontë Performances: 21 Feb – 15 March (Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 4.30)

Circa Two - Circa Theatre, 1 Taranaki Street, Wellington

Tickets: $39 for Adults, $33 for Concessions and $25 for Under 25s

Bookings: Online at www.circa.co.nz or by calling 04 801 7992


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