Over the summer, troublehouse theatre teamed up a group of young actors from Lancashire to form the Preston Young Actors company and work on a new venture in partnership with St Mary’s Church, Penwortham. St Mary’s is working hard to establish itself as a new arts venue in Lancashire and the 12th Century building provided the perfect setting for troublehouse and PYA to deliver one of England’s favourite classical texts: Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’.

The process behind the production originally began as an opportunity for local performance arts students studying in and around Preston to showcase their talents to their friends and family in a one-off, informal showing. However, after just three weeks of intense rehearsals and hard work the decision was made by the company of 12 to open up the production to the general public for three evening performances in July 2016.

Scriptwriter Willis Hall’s stripped back adaptation of Bronte’s novel allowed for the company to demonstrate their ability to multi-role and work closely together as an ensemble to create the world of Jane Eyre.

troublehouse believes in encouraging the arts from a young age and Jane Eyre has proved a fantastic experience to do just that with a very talented group of students from across Lancashire. – Rick

The performance received some very positive coverage  in the Lancashire Evening Post – the online version can be found here – and received some fantastic comments and feedback from the audience.

The success of this new and exciting partnership has already paved the way for talks about future productions.