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Swindon Fringe: The Casting | Brontë
Tuesday 10 April, 7:30 pm
A night of high contrast at The Victoria. The Casting is a slick modern drama examining desperation, greed and dignity. Conversely, Brontë is a period piece that evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Bronës, as fictional characters come to haunt their creators.
€100,000 for just one night. Only the most motivated (or the most desperate?) will be hired. In a bleak basement, a job interviewer named Mr T. is challenging two candidates – Sarah and Miguel – in order to choose the best one for a mysterious job. The only thing we know is that the reward is huge. The public is caught up in an on-going conversation that at first looks like a normal job interview, but that in time reveals itself to be anything but. The Casting pitches one against another, alone in front of a terrible question: how much is my dignity worth?
The play finds the sisters in 1845; Charlotte is writing Jane Eyre, Emily is writing Wuthering Heights and Ann is writing The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Their brother Branwell returns home in disgrace. Plagued by alcohol and drug addiction, he has been dismissed after an affair with the mistress of the house he went to as a tutor. As he descends into alcoholism and insanity, bringing chaos to the house, his sisters write. This extraordinary play by Polly Teale evokes the real and imagined worlds of the Brontës, as the fictional characters come to haunt their creators.