The heights of Wuthering

How exciting that Emily Bronte’s gothic masterpiece “Wuthering Heights” is heading to QPAC this October in a starkly re-imagined adaptation from the company behind critically acclaimed productions such as last year’s “Tequilla Mockingbird”. Indeed, it is always wonderful to revisit a favourite text, and braving the classics is what shake & stir do best.

My memories of reading the gothic masterpiece that is “Wuthering Heights” when younger were all of the great love story encapsulated in Catherine’s soliloquized claim, ‘my greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. … I am Heathcliff! He’s always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure… but as my own being.’

In later readings, the revenge narrative has appeared more prominent. Though still appealing in his broody darkness, Heathcliff is also a vengeful sadist and I think it is testament to Emily Bronte’s literary skill that she can construct a romantic hero from such dishonourable fabric.

I can’t wait to see what shake & stir do with and, particularly, how they interpret on stage, Bronte’s bleak description of the Moors. Given their past reinvigoration of the classics, I am sure the show will be nothing short of an ascent to the heights of wuthering.


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