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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will” 

A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets, Jane Eyre tells the thrilling story of an orphan girl and her journey from a childhood of loneliness and cruelty to a life at Thornfield Hall and an unlikely relationship with the mysterious Mr Rochester. Falling in love, she gradually uncovers a hidden past to the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall, a terrible secret that forces her to make a heart-wrenching choice.

 Blackeyed Theatre’s brand new stage adaptation of one of the greatest works of English fiction is captivating, brooding and intensely powerful, Jane Eyre is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one woman’s quest for equality and freedom, and lives as one of the great triumphs of storytelling.




Interview with Kelsey Short


Jane Eyre is a literary icon, a Gothic heroine whose tempestuous passions and dark secrets continue to resonate with readers more than 170 years after Charlotte Brontë’ novel was first published. Blackeyed Theatre’s brand-new adaptation of Jane Eyre arrives at Lighthouse for a two-night run on 4 February with Kelsey Short in the title role. Here, she takes time to field a few questions about her portrayal of Jane Eyre.

What’s your take on the character of Jane and how do you approach such an iconic role?

I believe I have a lot of similar qualities to Jane, and although of a different time, much of what she says of her experiences resonates with me as a result of my own life experiences. The challenges she faces are so relevant today, and so for me, portraying her on stage is about understanding her. She’s a strong, independent woman who is struggling with her insecurities and a need to be loved. For me that’s the basis from which I can explore the character further.

What are the challenges of performing a play over such a long period of time, and how do you deal with that?

Keeping everything fresh and organic! Hard though it is over a long period of time, it’s so important to be in the moment, reacting and listening as if it’s the first and only performance. The beauty of theatre, of course, is that a difference in intonation can change the dynamic of a scene, and of course the audience is different every night too. I guess the idea is to never get complacent, always be willing to keep playing. 

What do you love most about bringing a piece like Jane Eyre to the stage?

I love the fact that she is a woman all people – young and old – are likely to know about or at least have heard of. It's a timeless story and will always be relatable. I also love that it isn't your stereotypical love story. For me the Gothic element is such a pivotal factor in the story and will help make this a unique piece of theatre.

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