Time to break a leg – and 76 old vases!

Going potty - We Are Three Sisters (from left) Catherine Kinsella as Charlotte Bronte, Barrie Rutter as the schoolteacher Arthur, Sophia di Martino as Emily Bronte and Rebecca Hutchinson as Anne Bronte
Going potty - We Are Three Sisters (from left) Catherine Kinsella as Charlotte Bronte, Barrie Rutter as the schoolteacher Arthur, Sophia di Martino as Emily Bronte and Rebecca Hutchinson as Anne Bronte

The Bronte sisters would probably have thought it highly amusing.

As Halifax-based touring theatre company Northern Broadsides prepares to stage a new production about the 19th century trio’s lives, the scriptwriter has thrown a spanner in the works – or rather, a VIctorian vase.

Blake Morrison, whose play We Are Three Sisters opens in Halifax next month, has written a scene which requires an ornament to be broken.

And – as the production will be staged 76 times during its run – that’s a lot of chintz to be smashed!

Now Broadsides, which is based at Dean Clough, Halifax where the production opens on Friday, September 9 at the Viaduct Theatre, is appealing to Courier readers for help in tracking down old pottery.

Company stage manager Kay Burnett said: “Blake has done it again – although it’s not quite as bad as the daily feast he had asked to be prepared in Man with Two Gaffers!

“If you happen to have a Victorian-style ornament that is unwanted, unloved and not valuable then Northern Broadsides will happily put it out of its misery – it can go out in a blaze of glory under the bright lights of the stage... well, sort of candlelit lights of the stage in this case.

“If you find anything in the back cupboard, under the stairs, from the depth of your garage or garden shed, please drop it in at Dean Clough reception.”

Award-winning Northern Broadsides’ latest production stars comedian-turned-actor Duggie Brown, who is currently starring in a weekly revival of The Comedians 1970s TV show at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre, and former Coronation Street actress Becky Hindley, who played stalker Charlotte Hoyle last year before her character was killed off as part of the soap’s 50th anniversary tram-crash storyline.

The three actresses playing the Bronte sisters are Catherine Kinsella (Charlotte), Sophia di Martino (Emily) and Rebecca Hutchinson (Anne).

For further details call Kay on 01422 369704.

l See Thursday’s entertainment supplement The Guide, free with the Courier, for your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see the production in Halifax.