A miscellany of readings and songs relate the love story of Arthur Bell Nicholls and the great Victorian novelist Charlotte Brontë.
Using extracts from letters and poems written by the principals involved and their relations and friends, this romance unfolds gently
with allusions to the great joys and sorrows that the passionate affair engendered. Covering the period 1825 to 1915 the performance
recounts the early years of Arthur Bell Nicholls when he lived in Cuba Court then the Royal School of Banagher. This is followed by an
account of his education, ordination and move to Haworth in 1845. For the next sixteen years he lived in close proximity to the Brontë
household enjoying some happy moments but also sharing in their great losses as tragedy repeatedly struck that household.
Subsequent readings will recall Arthur’s marriage to Charlotte in 1854, their honeymoon in Ireland and her untimely death nine months later.
When he did not succeed Mr. Brontë as the Perpetual Curate after his death in 1861, Arthur made a return to Ireland and Banagher. The final
extracts will recount his second marriage to his cousin Mary Anna Bell and the forty happy years they enjoyed in Hill House, now a well-appointed
guest house called Charlotte’s Way. A cast of six readers cum singers / musicians will bring the story to life and touch upon the humours and pleasures
of a tale often been related in more sombre tones. The performance is interspersed with contemporary and more recent associated tunes.
Upstairs in Hugh Lynch’s Bar on Thursday 6th December, 8pm. This performance costs €10 and all proceeds will go towards the new Offaly Archives building which was completed this year.