Through a startling visual and musical collage the journeys of two women are traced out. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, the poor relation of a stolid Northern family, who was to become the second Mrs Rochester. And Antoinette Cosway, a Creole woman growing up in the West Indies – the first Mrs Rochester, whom Jean Rhys had brought to life in Wide Sargasso Sea. They are journeys in which each struggles for an identity of their own.
‘Geraldine Pilgrim’s excellent set, a gloomy Victorian gallery above a pebbled, shuttered evocation of hot Jamaica, contributes… to a gripping, atmospheric production’.
Heather Neill The Times March 1990
‘There is much here to feast on… Shewell and Pilgrim juggle the various issues – the nature of love, hate, madness, female identity, cultural alienation – with absorbing skill.’
Carole Woddis City Limits April 1990