Cephalopod Coffeehouse: June 2017
The Armchair Squid says:
Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month. Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.
This month I re-read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë before a trip to the theatre to see a modern production of Jane Eyre.
I downloaded the book on to my Kindle, 364 pages, and thank goodness Kindle has a built-in dictionary because I had to look up many words.
I had read the book at school along with other classic literature when I was studying English Lit and thought I knew and could remember the story but surprise, surprise, although I remembered the gist of the plot the content held surprisingly modern themes for a book written in 1847 by an English woman.
It is a different style of writing to modern day novels. Rather wordy and very descriptive but that didn’t take away any enjoyment I had reading the book. I did find I had to concentrate and focus more on the words than I would usually. In fact reading it in bed before going to sleep wasn't something my mind could take so I’d go back to a more light-hearted read.
It probably took me around four days to read it which is a long time for me to have a book unfinished.
I am so glad I read it before I saw the modern production at the theatre.
Now the actual visit to the theatre was something else. I must admit I was rather sceptical at seeing a modern version. We are very lucky in this area that the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury brings large productions from National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic to our neck of the woods.
|Front cover of the programme|
|The stage setting|
|The upper auditorium of the Marlowe Theatre|
I was engrossed throughout the three hour performance (with a 15 minute interval). There are no scene changes, the cast is on the stage all the time. The performance was physically demanding, the musicians who were on stage all the time were brilliant and the soloist added poignancy and pathos to the production that only enhanced the whole experience.
The actors took several roles each, apart from the two main characters, Jane and Mr Rochester. Some of the men, fully bearded, portrayed schoolgirls at the boarding school and even the dog, Pilot, which did bring a few laughs and light relief.
The music, the special effects, lighting, stage direction, music, costume changes on set were all absolutely brilliant.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to re-read the book and to enjoy this production of Jane Eyre.