A brand new play starring modern-day versions of the Brontë sisters working in a hairdressers will take place in Bradford College’s training salons.
Funded by The Arts Council and The Brontë Society, Jane Hair: The Brontës Restyled will be performed in the college on Friday, January 27
It tells the story of the Brontës' path to global fame. Working together in a hairdressers, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell each have their own personal creative project, Emily is a slam poet, Anne writes a blog and Charlotte is working on scripts and screenplays for TV and film.
Audiences will meet the sisters in their salon and have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the actors in this interactive performance. Director Kat Rose Martin said: “Hair salons are the perfect setting to get all the best gossip so if you’ve ever wanted to find out who these women were pop along and make an appointment with Jane Hair.”
The play aims to entertain but also introduce new people to the work of the three famous sisters as part of the bicentenary celebrations. Kirsty added: “We want to bring The Brontës’ story to life for people who have never read any of their books and show that you don’t need an A Level in English Literature to appreciate the incredible achievements of these three local women who became world famous.”
A spokesperson for Bradford College said: “Bradford College is excited to play a part in this innovative performance. It will be a great chance for us to showcase our excellent salon facilities and an opportunity for students from our Northern School of Creative Industries and Bradford School of Art to get involved with another professional production as they did when the BBC drama Gunpowder and the Kay Mellor TV series Girlfriends, filmed scenes on our campus.”
Keighley-born Kirsty Smith now lives in Ilkley and has previously worked as a television producer for The BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. She’s partnered with Kat Rose Martin, an actor and director from Bierley, who has had a busy 2017 touring with Northern Broadsides as well as playing Britain’s first ever female boxer as part of Hull City of Culture.
Tickets are £12 or £5 for under 25’s and can be booked on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jane-hair-tickets-41486346780
Follow the Facebook page janehairplay Twitter @janehairplay and www.janehair.co.uk for updates on rehearsals and to find out more about the team making the play.