+3 Interview: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography

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“We love the Edinburgh experience and enjoy being both part of the Fringe and the city, which we love and admire.”

WHO: Elton Townend Jones – writer & director

WHAT: “Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and Master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation. Told through Jane’s eyes, this autobiographical novel shocked the Victorians, and Charlotte Brontë’s gothic subversion of fairy tale romance is now distilled for the stage (under its full title) by writer/director Elton Townend-Jones. Fringe favourite Rebecca Vaughan embodies Everywoman Jane and several other characters in this exploration of love’s realities.”

WHERE: Assembly Roxy – Upstairs

WHEN: 11:15 (90min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is our eighth consecutive year at Edinburgh and with Assembly. Since 2009, Rebecca Vaughan and I have created seven shows that have premiered at the Fringe (and one that hasn’t!) and brought two of them back for second runs.

We’ve collaborated with other directors, performers and designers, but the germination of each project has been down to the two of us. We are perhaps best known for our productions of Austen’s Women, I, Elizabeth, Female Gothic, Dalloway and The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe which was published by Samuel French earlier this year.

We love the Edinburgh experience and enjoy being both part of the Fringe and the city, which we love and admire.

Tell us about your show.

Dyad Productions is, effectively, the duo of myself and Rebecca Vaughan, and the buck stops with us! The new show is an adaptation of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but presented under the book’s original full title.

It is a one-person show, which, as with all previous shows (bar the Marilyn play) is performed by Fringe favourite Rebecca. It is adapted and directed by me (having written three of the previous Dyad shows and directed four). We formed the company in 2009 after spending years as actors and/or writers/directors and finally decided that we just wanted to get out and create our own work.

Since then, we’ve toured non-stop, nationally and internationally and seen our work published and interpreted by others in Europe and the US. After Edinburgh, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography is touring the UK and appearing in Australia in 2017. By which time we will already have started producing our next work…

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I’d recommend they go and see anything created by Gavin Robertson and, for Dyad, no trip to the Fringe is complete without a night having your mind not so much blown as gently inflated then casually popped by the brilliant Australian comedian Sam Simmons.


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