Last week I sent out a call on my social media channels for questions to be posed to Tim Delap. Tim will be visiting Belfast next week to reprise his role of Rochester in the National Theatres critically acclaimed production of Jane Eyre.

 Tim has a background in TV popping up in productions including Casanova, Poldark, Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror and has also a varied and vast experience of treading the boards including his performance in my all time favourite  The History Boys for the National. 

I love the questions you sent in I boiled them down to just six. So here are the answers, some made me smile but all have made me want to see this performer at work.


Q1. What attracted you to the role of Rochester?

Troubled, complex characters are always the most fun to play. Also the chance to be involved in this particular production and to work with Sally Cookson (director) was hugely exciting.

Q2.Rochester is a brooding character with lots of hidden depth. What are you bringing to the character?

A well cultivated scruffiness.

Q3.Jane Eyre is a classic in many readers eyes, what is your favourite piece of literature and why?

I genuinely do think Jane Eyre is one of the greatest. It was so revolutionary and is still such a powerful rallying cry for equal rights. Not only is it a wonderful page turning piece of literature but it actually had a profound political effect…changing societies attitudes to gender. I’ve just finished a brilliant novel called The Power by Naomi Alderman. It’s the Jane Eyre of our times.

Q4. Describe yourself in three words?

Love to snooze.

Q5. What are your essentials to pack when you are on tour?

Good book, laptop, earplugs

 Q6. How would you describe the production to a potential audience member?

Energetic, unconventional and thrilling.


Jane Eyre opens in the Grand Opera House Belfast on Monday 21st August-Saturday 26th August. The classic story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfillment on her own terms.

For further information on the production and to book tickets visit