Dublin Theatre Festival

Presented by Shared Experience in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre & the Lyric Hammersmith


Written and Directed by Polly Teale

Venue Project Arts Centre
Date 4 Oct - 8 Oct 7.30pm
6 Oct 2.30pm
8 Oct 2.30pm
Duration 2hrs 15mins

Designed by Angela Davies
Composer Peter Salem
Movement by Leah Hausman
Lighting by Chris Davey
Cast Diane Beck, Catherine Cusack, David Fielder, Natalia Tena, Matthew Thomas, Fenella Woolgar

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How is it possible that three Victorian spinsters, living in isolation on the Yorkshire moors, could have written some of the most powerful and passionate fiction of all time?

It is 1845. Branwell Brontė returns home in disgrace. Plagued by alcohol and drug addiction, he has been dismissed after an affair with the mistress of the house. As their brother descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the household, the sisters write…

This extraordinary new play evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontės, as the fictional characters come to haunt their creators. This powerful new play brings the Brontė family's fascinating story to life, providing us with a glimpse at the women behind the stories.

Shared Experience has been lauded all over the globe for its inventive, visually-stunning productions, including Jane Eyre, A Passage to India, and Mill on the Floss. Polly Teale, the director and author of Brontė, received the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and Time Out Award for Best Production for After Mrs. Rochester, which transferred to the West End in 2003.

Angela Davies' evocative design uses stunning images by the internationally celebrated artist, Paula Rego.

Recommended for ages 14+.

“A thrillingly theatrical and highly distinctive performance style which is a genuine and celebratory marriage of physical and text based theatre”
The Guardian (on Shared Experience)

“Breathtaking... a rare feat of theatrical imagining”
Evening Standard (on After Mrs. Rochester)

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