Pictured: Nelle Lee in the title role. Photo by Dylan Evans
shake & stir theatre Company’s new stage adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre will be performed in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s (QPAC) Cremorne Theatre from 18 October to 9 November.
Co-adapted by shake & stir co-Artistic Directors Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij, this retelling of Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging will see Michael Futcher direct an award-winning cast including Lee as Jane, alongside Helen Howard and Anthony Standish.
“Michael has an amazing way of taking an adaptation and delivering it in way which resonates with the audience, whilst still staying very true to the original work,” said Nelle Lee. The production will also feature original music written and performed live by multi ARIA Award-winner and frontwoman of The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod, who will compose for theatre for the first time.
“Sarah is representing the mystery in Jane Eyre, which if you have read the book, makes up a very important part of the action. She is playing two characters, which live somewhat on the edge of the natural world. Through her music and these characters, she will be a big factor in helping us create the right atmosphere,” said Lee.
This faithful yet original adaptation of one of the most influential books of the 19th century follows Jane, a woman with an irrepressible spirit who is bent on fighting the social constraints of her era.
Orphaned at a young age, Jane spent her childhood suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, only to find employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester.
As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel, forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.
Lee said Jane Eyre had everything she loved in a story and the character of Jane had stood the test of time. “Jane Eyre is a coming of age story which uses traditions from both Romantic and Gothic literature. You have cruel school teachers, dark gloomy mansions, attics with hidden secrets; all the thrilling page turners you crave from a Gothic novel. Then you have the detailed and sometimes crushingly emotional focus on Jane as person. We are privy to her dreams and desires as she tries to forge her own path in life,” said Lee. shake & stir theatre company is known for its innovative adaptations of popular fiction, with Jane Eyre following numerous successful page to stage co-productions with QPAC including Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – which will return to the Playhouse in 2019 – and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
The season will run from Friday 18 October to Saturday 9 November 2019 Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, Queensland Cultural Centre, South Bank, Brisbane Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246