Great Expectations

Tuesday 15th September 2020
7:30 pm


Event Description

David Mynne – Veteran Cornish actor and a founder member of Kneehigh.

Great Expectations

Originally performed in 2013, Great Expectations was David’s first solo show. Several nationwide tours have gained excellent reviews and a WILDFIRE Critics’ Choice Award at the Exeter Ignite Festival. The show had a highly successful run in Los Angeles in 2018. Most recently – following the government announcement that England’s outdoor theatres could reopen for live performances – Great Expectations was the first show of the new season of events at the Minack, Cornwall, where it ran to six, sellout shows.

  1. Pip, a seven-year-old orphan boy, visits his mother’s grave.

A frightening encounter with an escaped convict begins a series of events that will change his life forever.

Written by one of England’s greatest authors, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations is the profound and complex story of Pip’s journey through life.

Some of his most memorable characters – the terrifying Magwitch; Joe Gargery, the kind and generous blacksmith; the eccentric Miss Havisham; the cold and beautiful Estella; Mr Jaggers the pompous lawyer and Pip’s wise friend, Herbert Pocket – are vividly brought to life in this anarchic and joyful telling of this glorious tale.

Using Dickens’ original text (well, mostly!) David Mynne’s skilful, one-man performance of this epic story is deft, daft, delightful …and definitely Dickens!

Be prepared to be scared and amazed, to cry and laugh!

Suitable for adults and accompanied children over 10

“..his hugely entertaining one-man version of Great Expectations.” – Clive Davis: The Times

“This unique version of Great Expectations – billed as ‘deft, dark, delightful and definitely Dickens’ – is both mesmerising and joyful, and I loved every second of it. Faultless.”  –  Sue Cade: Wildfire

“This is theatre at its most accessible, at its heart a performance that astounds and delights in equal measure.” –  Belinda Dillon: Exeunt Magazine

Written by Charles Dickens and adapted by Andrew McPherson
Additional text by Simon Harvey and David Mynne
Directed by Simon Harvey / Performed by David Mynne

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