Kneehigh founder brings new life to Dickens classic
Of all the many things Dave Mynne has done, from co-founding Kneehigh Theatre to playing the fiddle in the Golowan Band, he has never done anything bigger, bolder or better than his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations.
Performing on a simple set consisting of a table, chair and candle, plus a suitcase of props, he turns the pages of this epic novel in a masterful fashion that is mesmerising. It is a piece of theatre which is as ingenious as it is intimate.
Playing with absolute sincerity, he treats the book with respect, the core of this complex tale remaining intact.
One of his best props, perhaps, are his fingers, which he uses to great effect, employing touches of great humour. He tells of the development of chief character Philip Pirrip – known to one and all as Pip – of his London adventures and misadventures, of his aspirations to be a gentleman and of his expectations when he comes into serious but mysterious money.
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Skilfully and in his own inimitable way, Dave not only retells the story but also brings to life the colourful host of people who inhabit the author's imagined world. From the escaped convict Magwitch to the kindly blacksmith Joe Gargery, the deserted Miss Havisham to the trying Estella, the able Jaggers to the hero's ally Herbert Pocket, they are all here.
After the first 15, I confess I gave up counting the characters and simply let the sweep of the combined forces of Charles Dickens and Dave Mynne carry me to a time and a world that exceeded all my expectations. One which, to judge from the curtain call the latter received at the Acorn in Penzance, also exceeded the expectations of everyone in his packed audience.
Dave Mynne's Great Expectations, directed by Simon Harvey, continues at the Griffin in Newquay on April 14, Hall for Gwinear on June 1, Launceston Town Hall on June 7 and Grampound Community Hall on June 8.