Fast-paced, dark, tragic and twisted - a brave new version of an old classic

Wuthering Heights is staged by TAODS at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, this week
Wuthering Heights is staged by TAODS at the Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden, this week

Call yourself a writer and you’ve never read ‘Wuthering Heights’?

Well no, I haven’t, but don’t judge me! Even if, like me, you’ve never read the book, don’t let that put you off.

The Hippodrome Theatre’s latest offering is ambitious and thought-provoking.

Co-directors Richard Holley and Dan Clay have managed to bring a great deal of creative flair to this fast-paced and sometimes volatile adaptation. Refreshingly there is action from the very outset and the cast are well-placed to deal with this emotional rollercoaster.

Tom Jennings is an expert Heathcliff with a vivid thirst for vengeance and Madeleine Jefferson is a brilliant Catherine who copes well with a challenging role.

When tragic circumstances repeat themselves, Rosie Crowther plays an engaging Cathy and the supporting cast all do a great job, especially those who double up.

Some scenes are very cleverly devised physically and the use of projection, light and sound are inspired and of a professional standard.

This time they get the set spot on too, it serves its purpose simply and is visually very effective. So, even if you know the story or not, this play comes highly recommended.

Even though it is dark, tragic and twisted, it is also brave, surprising and new. Don’t always judge a book by its cover. The play shows at the Halifax Road Theatre, tonight, and Saturday.