More Than One Antoinette

1990

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.

  • Written by Debbie Shewell

Cast

Abigail Bond
Jane
William Gaminara
Rochester
Marsha Miller
Christophine
Geraldine Somerville
Antoinette
Natasha Williams
Tia/Antoinette

Production Team

Debbie Shewell
Director
Geraldine Pilgrim
Designer
Beth Hardisty
Lighting Designer
Joanna MacGregor
Music
Janet Cantrill
Stage Manager
Helen Pringle
Stage Manager
Rose Sharp
Administration
Carin Mistry
Administration

Places and dates

Young Vic Studio, London
27/03/1990 - 14/04/1990

‘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

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