Attic Theatre Company presents:
GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens
adapted by Theresa Heskins at the new Merton Arts Space.
30 November – 18 December 2016
After the success of their multi-award nominated Beacons at Park Theatre earlier this year, Attic Theatre Company returns to home ground in Merton between 30 November and 18 December 2016 with a fresh and engaging stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. This show marks the inaugural professional production in Wimbledon Library’s new artistic hub, Merton Arts Space. Presented in the round by an ensemble of eight actors, and within the surrounds of a working library, this production celebrates the power of imagination and storytelling common to both literature and live theatre.
Directed by Attic’s award winning Artistic Director Louise Hill and designed by students from the Wimbledon College of Art (in keeping with Attic’s tradition of launching local, new talent), Theresa Heskins’ adaptation brings Dickens’ epic tale of romance, ruthless ambition and revenge to the newly redeveloped, Arts Council-funded performance space at Wimbledon Library.
When Pip the blacksmith’s boy climbs out of the pantry window one Christmas morning, he little dreams of the fortune which awaits him. Life as a London gentleman leads him to forsake his old life and friends. But all is not as it seems, and when his past returns to haunt him, will Pip learn the value of knowing who he truly is? This Christmas, the fusion of the written word and live theatre will transform Wimbledon Library as it becomes Satis House, home to Miss Havisham, Charles Dickens’ ghostly bride.
To accompany this production of Great Expectations Attic is running a series of participatory activities for children and adults to contribute to the overall design of the production; an online quiz, book clubs, filmed responses and live performances from local students.