Brontë & The Casting
Swindon Fringe Festival at The Vic, Old Town
Tue 10 April
This event takes place at The Vic, Old Town
The play finds the sisters in 1845; Charlotte is writing Jane Eyre, Emily is writing Wuthering Heights and Ann is writing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Their brother Branwell returns home in disgrace. Plagued by alcohol and drug addiction, he has been dismissed after an affair with the mistress of the house he went to as a tutor. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the house, his sisters write. This extraordinary play by Polly Teale evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës, as the fictional characters come to haunt their creators.
In a bleak basement, a job interviewer named Mr T. is challenging two candidates – Sarah and Miguel – in order to choose the best one for a mysterious job. The only thing we know is that the reward is huge: 100.000 euros for just one night. Only the most motivated (or the most desperate?) between Sarah and Miguel will be hired as long as he/she will persuade the job interviewer to be ready to go beyond any feeling of personal guilt.
The public is caught up in an on-going conversation that at first looks like a normal job interview, but that in time reveals just how terrible is the task the two candidates must be willing to carry out. Mr T. seems to take pleasure in exploring Miguel and Sarah’s motivations that force them to be there, one against the other, alone in front of a terrible question: how much is my dignity worth?
The Vic is an 18+ venue
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