On 7 February the DVD of the critically aclaimed West End production of Great Expectations is released exactly one year after it was filmed and screened in cinemas across the the UK. It was then released globally over 600 sites. The adaption starred Jack Ellis (Jaggers), Chris Ellison (Magwitch), Paula Wilcox (Miss Havisham) and introduced Taylor Jay-Davies as Young Pip.
Joint Honorary General Secretary Lee Ault has made a copy of the 2014 Branch Dues and Annual Statement form available here in the event you didn't receive your copy in the mail. Please click on the link below to download your copy.
The inauguration of the replica Dog and Pot statue on Blackfriars Road in Southwark on 6th February 2013 (previously featured on this website) has now led to the production of a limited edition cover to commemorate the event. The cover is available from Tilbury Editions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first details of the 2014 conference are beginning to emerge on the Chicago Fellowship's website. The conference is tentatively scheduled for 16 July to 21 July in Chicago at Loyola University on the lakeshore.More information will be forthcoming as it is available.
There are certain words which trouble me; “Literally” is one. Dickens describes the Blacking warehouse where he worked as a boy as being (literally overrun with rats). Well, why not simply say “it was overrun with rats” The word “literally” does not add anything to the sense. Dickens should have seen how Browning described an infestation of rats; “Rats! They fought the dogs, and killed the cats, They bit the babies in the cradles, and even spoilt the women’s chats…”And so on and so on. But don’t we all enjoy the discursiveness of Dickens. There was nothing mean about him.
The first attempt to stage Barnaby Rudge was just after the novel was published in 1841: a 3 -act melodrama was produced ending with the confession and death of Rudge senior, and the Gordon Riots off stage. For several years I worked on a script fathful to Dickens, balancing comedy and drama in his 'streaky bacon' style: the result? 4-plus hours! How could one tell the full story in a conventional 2.5 hour setting on a normal stage at Portsmouth's Kings Theatre? It had to rely on Brechtian theories of illusion and reality, trusting a modern audience to respond to the clues.