After Mrs Rochester

The mad woman in the attic in Jane Eyre is placed centre stage in this intriguing examination of the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea – a novel that reinvents the life of Bertha, Mrs Rochester.

‘I thought I’d write the story as it might really have been. She seemed such a poor ghost. I thought I’d try to write her a life.’ – Jean Rhys in the Paris Review 1979.

Bertha becomes Jean’s alter ego. Both are locked, literally and metaphorically, and the key to their freedom is at the heart of Polly Teale’s moving and startling piece of theatre.

After Mrs Rochester was first produced by Shared Experience in 2003.
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

Cast & Crew

Cast

Bertha
Chorus Girl
Chorus Girl
Daughter
Ella
Father
Ford Maddox Ford
Gentleman
Husband
Jane
Jean
John
Lancelot
Landlady
Man
Maudie
Meta
Mother
Police Woman
Pupil
Pupil
Rochester
Shop Assistant
Stella
Teacher
Theatre Manager
Tite
Voice Teacher

Crew

Assistant Director
Assistant Production Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Chief Electrician
Costume Maker
Costume Maker
Costume Maker
Costume Maker
Costume Maker
Costume Supervisor
Deputy Stage Manager
Designer
Director
Dresser
Dresser
Dresser
Fight Director
Lighting Designer
Movement Coach
Production Carpenter
Production Electrician
Production Manager
Production Sound Engineer
Production Supervisor
Programmer
Props Buyer
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Crew
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Voice Coach

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Play description

The mad woman in the attic in Jane Eyre is placed centre stage in this intriguing examination of the life of Jean Rhys, author of Wide Sargasso Sea – a novel that reinvents the life of Bertha, Mrs Rochester.

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