ALISONNEIL.CO.UK One-Woman Shows
Determined, brilliant and romantic, Charlotte tells her story of passion and duty, triumph and tragedy, and above all - love.
Devoted to her strange and unworldly family, Charlotte Brontë was also wildly ambitious. Whilst remaining a self-effacing and dutiful daughter, abiding by all the restrictions of early Victorian life, she managed the incredible feat of becoming a hugely famous novelist. The instant success of Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette found her mixing with the literary giants of the age.
The joy of literary success was tempered by the scandalous fall of her brother Branwell, and a succession of family disasters. Charlotte's own life, however, had an extraordinary, happy twist at the end.
The Brontë family's story has captivated the imagination for a century and a half. Alison Neil's portrayal of the life of Charlotte Brontë - using many of Charlotte's own words - provides an exceptional theatrical treat.
ACT ONE Running time: 48 minutes
ACT TWO Running time: 58 minutes
ONE HOUR VERSION
Edited play with NO interval. Running time: 1 hour 5 minutes
"a massive thank you for your recent performance at Odell village hall. Having greatly enjoyed your talk about Mary Anning when you came to Flitwick, I knew that we would be in for a treat. It was very hard to believe that the only person on stage was you. Once again, many thanks for a truly memorable evening."
"The full Brontë!" HERTS ADVERTISER
“A memorable event…the audience seemingly holding their breath at what was unfolding” HELMDON PRESENTS
"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Charlotte Bronte performance recently at Ffwrnes Llanelli. It was a beautiful, clever production and had the audience in thrall the whole time. It was both informative and entertaining in full measure - many of us remember little bits about the Bronte story, and the books read so long ago, so it was wonderful to have all of these memories brought to life, and perfectly staged. Many thanks for a lovely evening."
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"I forgot I was watching Alison Neil. This was surely Miss Brontë herself…”
“Movingly told by this consummate performer. The unique delight of the show was that you very quickly believed you were looking at the real thing.” NEWBURY WEEKLY NEWS
"Brontë and Neil - a spellbinding combination" BLACKMORE VALE MAGAZINE
"Her stunning costumes, attention to detail and wonderful ability to become the character…makes for a spellbinding and hugely enjoyable insight into one of our best-loved novelists." DETOUR
“This enthralling and moving play” HUNGERFORD & DISTRICT COMMUNITY ARTS
"Truly Yours took us to the heart of Charlotte Brontë… excellent entertainment" SURREY ADVERTISER
"Alison Neil wows the audience." ESSEX EVENING ECHO
“Another of Alison Neil’s brilliant series of one-woman shows” LETCHWORTH ARTS CENTRE
"One-woman show captures a tragic heroine. For two hours she played the role of Charlotte, as well as a host of ancillary characters, revealing love, joy and tragedy, duty and rebellion." BORDON POST
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