Wuthering Heights at Hartland

Had a very welcome break from my desk yesterday to visit Hartland Abbey for a walk, but primarily to see Wuthering Heights. Organised by the Plough Arts Centre, it was a new adaptation by Hotbuckle Productions, held at a wonderful venue. Described as:

Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries.

The multiple characterisation was wonderful in a minimalist version of Wuthering Heights.

There were even northern accents, the actors capturing Heathcliff’s misogyny, Catherine’s selfishness, Linton’s weakness, and Hareton’s surliness, not forgetting Isobel and Nellie, the latter the thread holding it all together. We could say the performance, with sound effects, too, reached new heights!

Rewarded at the end by a wonderful sunset over Hartland Quay, I felt very lucky to see outdoor theatre on a beautifully warm evening so close to home. A few pix for you…

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