Wide Sargasso Sea [Drama]

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Jean Rhys's powerful and haunting prequel to Jane Eyre. New version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Drama from BBC Radio 4

2016031220200215 (R4)

Set against the sumptuous backdrop of 19th century Jamaica, Jean Rhys's stirring prequel to Jane Eyre envisages the life of the first Mrs Rochester before she became the 'mad woman in the attic.'

A new version by multi-award winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Sold in to marriage with a dashing young Englishman, Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway senses danger. But how could anyone have predicted the devastating future that awaited her. As their honeymoon becomes infected by vicious rumours, her new husband’s paranoia begins to grow. The cultural divide between them increases and his desire to turn her into the perfect Victorian wife ultimately becomes a battle for her soul. Until eventually Antoinette is torn from her home, stripped of her identity and transformed into the ghoulish Bertha Rochester.

Antoinette Cosway ….. Lara Rossi
Edward Rochester ….. Trystan Gravelle
Christophine ….. Martina Laird
Young Antoinette ….. Eleanor Worthington-Cox
Amelie ….. Alexandria Riley
Grace Poole ….. Jaimi Barbakoff
Annette ….. Sirine Saba
Mr Mason ….. Don Gilet
Tia ….. Emily Burnett
Richard Mason ….. Eric Kofi Abrefa

Original score composed and performed by Lucy Rivers with guitar by Dan Lawrence.

Directed by Helen Perry
A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

Winner of the WH Smith Literary Award in 1967 and named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels, Wide Sargasso Sea holds its own as a beautiful work on human frailty and oppression.

Jean Rhys's powerful and haunting prequel to Jane Eyre. New version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Drama from BBC Radio 4

20160312