Interview With…Kelsey Short

The actress is about to star in Blackeyed Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre, touring the UK from September.

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Thanks so much for talking to me. How are you feeling about being part of Blackeyed Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre? I’m so excited and equally as nervous to get started on such a huge project. It is going to be a hefty challenge to take on a role that so many people know and relate to, but I can’t wait! It’s the biggest thing I’ve done in my career so far and Blackeyed Theatre are such a great theatre company, so I
can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.

What can audiences expect from this particular production? As we haven’t started rehearsals yet I can only comment from the script but from the script alone an audience can expect a lot of the intensity you find in the novel, some heart-wrenching moments and even one or two creepy ‘Woman In Black’-esque scenes too. With live music featuring strongly in the production, I believe the audience will experience an evening of well-rounded, satisfying theatre. I also hope audiences will be inspired by the theme of female empowerment, which is such a key
element to the story.

Could you tell me more about the character of Jane? Jane is an independent woman who knows what she wants from life, she’s self-respecting and has a very strong moral compass. But at the same time I feel she’s very sensitive and needs to be loved, and having grown up as an orphan, she yearns to feel part of something. She’s a complex character
who is often fighting with her head and her heart.

What are you most looking forward to about touring the production across the UK? Definitely experiencing the different venues and how each one will have its own impact on the show, which will help to keep everything fresh. It will also be fascinating to see how people from different
regions take to the show.

What do you think it is about Charlotte Brontë’s story that proves so popular with audiences and readers alike? Jane Eyre is a timeless story and will always be relatable; and quite apart from the beauty of the
writing and the inner turmoil Charlotte Brontë manages to evoke, it isn’t your average love story. There’s this Gothic element that takes you in a totally different direction. Suddenly you’re experiencing this ethereal horror. It’s those twists and turns that make it unique.

What was it that made you want to be involved with this production? I have always loved the story of Jane Eyre and I always knew that if the opportunity to play her came up I’d jump at the chance. Blackeyed Theatre create such innovative work, so being offered the chance to play this iconic role with such an incredible company was a no-brainer!

By Emma Clarendon

Blackeyed Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre will be touring the UK from September. For more information visit:

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