"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Great Expectations is one of Charles Dickens' most popular novels, and all those who have read Great Expectations are very familiar with the characters like Pip, Joe, the mystery benefactor, the manipulative and fickle Miss Havisham, her adopted daughter Estella, who is very beautiful but cold hearted, uncle Pumblechook, Mr Jaggers, Pip's friend Herbert and many more.
The screenplay is very engaging and the two and a half hour play involves all the actors playing their part throughout the duration - as if each one has a role to play in every scene. Director John Harrison has done a great job on focusing on not only the 2-3 actors in the scene but all the support actors, who seem like another audience to the play. The actors of the play have great stage co-ordination, which is evident by the fact that the small stage has the entire troupe on it at all times. Full marks to the director .
In the 200th anniversary of Dickensʼ birth, Great Expectations, is a great story to tell and The bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company production is a thrilling adaptation of the classic novel. The uniqueness in this presentation is without doubt the support actors on the stage, who speak the mind of the actors and voice their thoughts. The play, being a shorter version of the actual novel, has been well written and has very strong performances from Pip, Jaggers, Miss Havisham and Estella.
My 5 top reasons to watch the play are: Timeless novel, can always be enjoyed. An unusual way of engaging the actors on the stage in all scenes. Special mention to Jacki Mison who plays Miss Havisham with great conviction.
The compelling Pip and cold hearted Estella. The beautiful location, Walsh bay.
The play is playing until 17th November at Pier 4/5, Walsh Bay. It is a great location under the Harbour bridge. A classic play, well delivered.
"In a word, I was too cowardly to do what I knew to be right, as I had been too cowardly to avoid doing what I knew to be wrong." - Charles Dickens, Great Expectations