By Polly Teale
Directed and Choregraphed
by Ruth Griffin 2012
The play Brontë poignantly evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontë sisters: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. They grew up isolated on the edge of the expansive moors. Left to their own they generated fantasy worlds. These worlds reached into their adult lives. Biographical story telling is woven with fictional threads from their novels. Shared Experience, an ensemble based physical theatre in the UK, devised this play, which combines text-based theatre with physical theatre. The style for my production is expressionistic incorporating elements of melodrama, dance, Japanese Noh Theatre and surrealism.
The production, directed with care and insight by Ruth Griffin, deserves high commendation for tackling such an intellectually rigorous subject with such theatrical finesse.
-Donald Munro The Fresno Bee