The Dulwich Players decided to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by performing Nick Moseley’s adaption of Bleak House.
At nearly 1000 pages anyone who has read the book will know that the various plots revolve round subjects that were close to Dickens’ heart – for example the cumbersome processes of the law, child poverty and social injustice.
The main plot, the ongoing legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, is very straightforward but the many subplots and richly observed characters make this a story to savour. The cast are currently in the middle of rehearsals, which under the direction of Kevin Smith are going extremely well. Lines are being learnt, costumes are being tried out and entrances and exits are being memorised.
Some of us, me included, are playing more than one character which presents its own challenges, not so much in learning lines but in quick costume changes. For one of my character changes I have only a page and a half of dialogue in which to not only change costume but also to get across to the gallery on the opposite side of the stage – this is going to take a lot of practice! Full details of the performance are below so please come along and enjoy this adaption of a classic novel.
Performances take place at the Edward Alleyn Theatre, Dulwich College from Wed 24 to Sat 27 October at 8pm. Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door, available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 0208 693 4830 from the Art Stationers in Dulwich Village or on the door.