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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

Being Jane Eyre

By Lou Wallace
Directed by Lou Wallace
23rd – 29th June 2023 at 8:00pm
Matinee on June 24th at 2:30pm

Duration: Approx. 1hrs 40mins with one interval.

A playful re-imagining of a much-loved classic

Storytelling theatre meets one of literature’s most inventive minds. A multi-skilled troupe of performers on a stage full of props, instruments and Victorian undergarments create the ever-changing world (and weather) of Jane Eyre. We travel from the red room at Gateshead to the classroom at Lowood and the fireside at Thornfield where Jane meets the enigmatic Mr Rochester, his excitable dog, Pilot, and his atmospheric house… with its secret inhabitant in the attic!

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
Lou Wallace

CAST

Charlotte Brontë
Bertha Rochester
Young Jane Eyre & ensemble
Jane Eyre & ensemble
Jane Eyre & ensemble
Post Mistress, Grace Poole & ensemble
Aunt Reed, Mrs Fairfax & ensemble
Brocklehurst, St John & ensemble
Bessie, Mary, Leah & ensemble
John Reed, Rochester & ensemble
Georgiana, Adele & ensemble
Eliza, Helen Burns, Pilot & ensemble
Abbott, Diana, Briggs & ensemble

CREATIVE TEAM

Production Manager
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Set Design
Lighting Design
Lighting Operator
Musical Director
Sound Operator
Costume Design
Rehearsal Prompt
Projections
Production Photography
Poster Design
Poster & Programme

BAND

Double Bass, Keyboards & vocals
Drums & Vocals

Special thanks to our Clerics, Elliott Thomas for sound mixing and Penny Coyston for additional costumes.

DON'T FORGET, COMING UP AT THE BARN SOON

Opening 28th May
By John Finnemore
Opening 13th June
By Mary Chase

 

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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.

Being Jane Eyre

We acknowledge the historical context of the novel Jane Eyre and its adaptations and are committed to ensuring that our production does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or prejudices, while also aiming to preserve the original intentions of the author and afford ourselves space for creativeness and artistic interpretation. The playwright does not specify any casting characteristic such as race or gender as crucial to the narrative of the story. Our adaptation of the novel will be performed by a mixed ensemble cast, and we welcome actors of all ages, ethnicities and genders to create a re-imagining of Charlotte Brontë’s story that’s both respectful and authentic.

Part 1, 18th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 19th Jan 8pm

Parts 1+2 20th Jan 2.30pm

Part 1, 23rd Jan 8pm

Part 2, 24th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 25th Jan 8pm

Part 2, 26th Jan 8pm

Part 1, 27th Jan 2.30pm

Part 2,  27th Jan 8pm