Pupils head out onto wiley, windy moors

Students during a rehearsal for Wuthering Heights. Picture by Amber Brown, a Year 11 art student and poster designer.
Students during a rehearsal for Wuthering Heights. Picture by Amber Brown, a Year 11 art student and poster designer.

Talented students from a north Northumberland high school are turning to a classic gothic romance for their latest producution.

Coming on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, November 6, 7 and 8, the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick is proud to present the stage adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights.

Set among the wild and wind-swept Yorkshire moors, this is a tale of the tempestuous relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw and their devastating love for each other.

In Heathcliff, it contains one of the most famous fictional characters of the 19th century, who has become an archetype of the tortured and brooding romantic hero.

This adaptation, written by famous playwright April De Angelis (Playhouse Creatures), will be performed by the senior drama group and promises to be a thought-provoking piece of theatre.

The school’s head of English and drama, Martin Allenby, said: “This will be the school’s 14th consecutive autumn production at the Alnwick Playhouse and we can’t wait to showcase the talents of our young people to the wider public once again.

“The text is part of our work on the gothic that we prepare for in A2 English literature so fits well with our studies.

“However, most importantly it gives young people a chance to work in a professional space – be it on the stage, sound, lighting and to work with the Playhouse staff.

“It’s a continuation of the excellent working relationship that exists between the school and the Playhouse to provide the best opportunities for young people.”

Tickets for the performances, which start at 7.30pm each night, cost £8 for adults, £7 concessions and £6 for students. They are available from the Playhouse box office, on 01665 510785 or online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk