Amrit Virdi shares his thoughts on Wise Children’s intelligent adaptation of The Wuthering Heights with regard to the Theater Royal in Nottingham from 26and – 30and April.
With The Wuthering Heights being a well-known classic by romantic author Emily Brontë, and one of my favorite novels, I had to enjoy it to see Wise Children’s take on the story at Nottingham’s Theater Royal. As it is a rather intense, sometimes complicated plot, I was intrigued by how it would translate on stage, especially for people unfamiliar with the story. And it’s safe to say it didn’t disappoint.
Their talent and ability to easily switch between characters must to be applauded
Directed by Emma Rice, tits plot is centered on the story of orphan Heathcliff (Liam Tamne), as he is adopted into the Earnshaw family and falls deeply in love with Catherine Earnshaw (Lucy McCormick). I’ll spare you the details of the complicated family tree, but the fact that same the actors themselves made humorous jokes about the complexity of the plot, were appreciated.
Stephanie Hockley’s storytelling also helped with this – I would do it without hesitation are lost without it. With the actors playing more than one role each, their talent and ability to seamlessly transition from character to character must to be applauded. The diversity of the cast was also nice to seeespecially in an adaptation of a novel dating from 1847.
You could see the tough the work of the talented team behind the scenes really shines
The inclusion of a live band played by Sid Goldsmith, Nadine Lee and Renell Shaw was a big Moreover, because they used their musical talent to capture and translate the atmosphere on stage properly, and provided incredible voice support for the cast. One impromptu rock moment from McCormick was a particularly nice surprise – it was these additions that made the production engaging in its three-hour length. When paired with the brilliant lighting and staging, which was ideal in its simplicity, you could see the hard the work of the talented team behind the scenes really shines.
”WhateverOur souls are made of, his and mine are the same.’ The iconic and well-known quote from the novel, and one with genuine emotion. That’s what the cast certainly conveyed on stage. I was particularly impressed with Lucy McCormick’s take on Catherine Earnshaw, as you could feel the pain in her performance and her chemistry with Heathcliff.
These moments of humor were definitely necessary
On a light note, Katy Owen’s performance of Isabella Linton and Linton Heathcliff occasionally brought laughs from the audience. For such a serious story, these humorous moments were definitely necessary. Craig Johnson as Dr. Kenneth also brought a pinch of fun to the show, along with some humorous moments from Jordan. Laviniere.
With a standing ovation from the captivated audience and unknown onlookers saying ”I have to read the book” upon leaving the theatre, Emma Rice’s adaptation of The Wuthering Heights clearly went down a treat. You can attend the production in Nottingham until Saturday!
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