6th to 8th November 2014
It is human nature that we mostly travel through busy lives, not questioning ourselves or what we do very much - but when trauma or remarkable good fortune comes, it forces us to think about what doing the right thing really means and what we are capable of, good or bad. This is the heart of the drama in our hero’s story.
With the possible exceptions of Shakespeare and Dostoevsky, no writer has explored humanity’s potential for evil and deception and our remarkable ability to transcend it as well as Dickens and we have worked to find ways of staging the story which reflect the techniques of the classic novel which underpins this play.
Great Expectations begins with Pip, wealthy and spoilt, stepping back into the memories and emotions of his disadvantaged childhood. As the story unfolds both backwards and forwards in time from that point, the plot asks us to consider whether what we recall of our past is really true – or have we rearranged it in our minds so we can believe what we want to believe? We all wear masks in society to some extent, to conform or to hide dark motives. Our actors take more than one part to reflect the way Dickens’s characters symbolise the dark and hidden inner self of another person in the story and also show how the influence of wealth or poverty shapes a person very differently.
Our symbolic set uses height to explore the way that people take and maintain power over others, as well as the dynamic and sudden changes that fate can bring to our lives. The brooding ruin of the great mansion Satis House hangs over the stage at all times - a symbol of the fact that wealth and power never bring enduring happiness.
Only real love...very different from the self-seeking desire which is often called by that name.... can do that.... moving us towards the story’s remarkable and uplifting ending.
Lisa Mathews Director
THE CLUB DEDICATED THIS PLAY TO ALEC HARDING, A VERY ACTIVE MEMBER FOR 50 YEARS, WHO HAS RECENTLY LEFT US FOR THE BIG STAGE IN THE SKY.
Directed by Lisa Mathews
Assistant Director – Sue Burridge
Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations was presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.