"WOW! The cast in Jane Eyre consisted of four actors, three of them playing multiple parts and Jane Eyre being on stage for almost the entire time. The set was minimal, yet so effective, but the acting itself was outstanding, both my friend and I were completely absorbed in the show." Rebecca Emin, Ramblings of a Rusty Writer
"My wife and friends attended last night's performance of 'Jane Eyre' at Thame Players' Theatre and once again, after seeing previous performances by your company, we were entranced at the writing and the clever use of few props but mainly by the superb acting. Well done all of you and we look forward to seeing you again sometime in the future." Len Chapman, Thame
Orphaned whilst still a baby and adopted by a kindly Uncle who promptly died, Jane Eyre has never known a loving home. Raised by her Aunt with cruel indifference at best and sent away to Lowood School where starvation, frostbite and typhus are part of the daily curriculum, Jane is ostensibly on course for a brief life of misery and deprivation.
But Jane Eyre is special. Her nature strong, warm, unique: her sense of self unshakable. She will not be defeated.
After eight years at Lowood – two as a teacher – she applies for work as a governess and is offered a position at Thornfield Hall, occasional home of the enigmatic Mr Rochester. To her surprise, he quickly appears to take a keen interest in her, expressing a sense of affinity so strong and indisputable that Jane finds herself helplessly compelled.
But all is not as it seems, for Mr Rochester conceals a dreadful secret within the walls of Thornfield, a secret so sinister, so damning, that its exposure can spell only devastation for Jane.
So begins one or the most masterfully erotic romances ever written, as the genius of Charlotte Brontë weaves Gothic horror with the universal search for truth, the battle to retain your individuality within love and the shattering consequences of choosing a life-companion who is neither friend nor equal.
We toured to Essex, Oxfordshire and Sussex in October 2013.
Lighting Design: Ben Cowen
“I have for the first time found what I can truly love – I have found you.
You are my sympathy – my better self – my good angel –
a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you,
draws you to my centre and spring of life, wraps my existence about you
– and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.”