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Through the lens of a rock documentary, Wasted is a brand new musical that gives an access-all-areas account of the struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs of the three Brontë sisters Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and their brother Branwell. Brought up in a remote, poverty-stricken town in Yorkshire, without money or opportunity, they fought ill health, unrequited love and family feuds to write some of the most celebrated literature including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.

Never afraid to rebel against expectations, the lives behind the pages expose a struggling, squabbling, ferociously driven, drug-fuelled crash and burn trajectory from obscurity to celebrity and ultimately to their untimely deaths. Coupled with a rock score from Christopher Ash (Showstoppers – Oliver Award winner for Best Entertainment), book and lyrics by Carl Miller (Emil and the Detectives, National Theatre), directed by Adam Lenson (Superhero), the Brontës ask – was it all wasted?

Early performances of Wasted were developed at BEAM and showcased at Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Workshop. It played four ‘work in progress’ performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of their Brontë Season in autumn 2016. This production is the world premiere of the full show. Casting and further creatives are to be announced. ( Douglas Mayo) Tickets can be booked already.

‘Poor, obscure, plain and little,’ is how Charlotte Brontë’s heroine Jane Eyre describes herself. You cannot say the same for Abigail Prudames, Dreda Blow and Hannah Bateman who give governess Jane new grace in choreographer Cathy Marston’s adaptation. This Northern Ballet production is on at Sadler’s Wells before heading to Salford for a short run at The Lowry. Sadler’s Wells May 15-19, The Lowry June 6-9 ( Laura Freeman) SciFi Pulse interviews Pam Smy about her first graphic novel, Thornhill.

Smy: I grew up in a mostly bookless house, but I had been given a bind-up for Christmas of Frances Hodgson-Burnett stories – Little Lord Fauntleroy, The Little Princess, and (my favourite) The Secret Garden. I read and re-read this book, and loved it. In adult life I developed a passion for Jane Eyre and re-read it every couple of years and collect it in different editions with different cover designs. I love how many similarities there are between The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre – both heroines find themselves in a daunting new home, both are troubled by mysterious sounds in the night, both uncover uncomfortable mysteries, and, most importantly, both heroines are stronger by the end of the story the they were at the outset. I borrowed from both of these books in Thornhill. The name of Thornhill is based on the two homes of Jane Eyre – Lowood school and Thornfield Hall, my character Mary is based on the Mary of The Secret Garden. There are other similarities, and clues in the illustrations – but I’ll leave it up to your readers to seek them out.

And the feeling dread? I don’t believe that childhood is a time of blissful innocence – at the very least children live in the same spaces as adults, who often have complicated existences. This crops up again and again in folktales and literature… and, of course, features in The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring? My list of authors who’ve most influenced me includes Virginia Woolf, Richelle Mead, and Rachel Caine. I think how prolific these writers are in producing books is definitely the biggest thing that inspires me on a daily basis—but also their versatility and how they’ve written in several different genres. I’m also greatly inspired by Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens due to how they created such believable characters, and Jean M. Auel for her immense world-building. ( Wendy Van Camp) Vents Magazine interviews singer/songwriter Violet DeLancey.

I was a fan of Kate Bush long before I ever started playing music mostly because I was a huge fan of the Brontë’s and always got a kick out of her song “ Wuthering Heights.” I also listened to her music constantly when I was in London, and “ Hounds of Love” has always been my favorite work of hers. It didn’t occur to me to use her as a musical reference until I began thinking about this record, partly because her music feels abstract and it seemed difficult to dissect what actually gave it that timeless and otherworldly sound. When I started thinking about wanting to go in a direction that was more authentic to my interests outside of music and trying to achieve a sound that would correspond, she was the natural choice. Luckily Andy was able to dissect the elements of her music that were appealing pretty quickly! ( RJ Frometa) Mr Porter gives a list of ’50 books every man should read’, including