BRAND NEW PLAY WITH MUSIC FOR 2023 BY CLARE NORBURN
What the Dickens? places renowned author Charles Dickens in the shoes of his own creation, Scrooge, as he is haunted by three women whom he had mistreated: his ex-wife and mother of his ten children Catherine, his mistress Ellen Ternan and a mystery woman. Can Dickens learn from the ghosts, repent, and be saved, as Scrooge was saved?
The fully-staged show will be directed by BAFTA-nominated director Nick Renton, feature stunning lighting design by Natalie Rowland and soundtracked by lively Victorian street music, haunting carols, folk music from the Middle Ages to the 19th Century and new incidental music performed by The Telling.
Clive Hayward, Charles Dickens
Karen Ascoe, Catherine Dickens
Molly Lynch, Ellen Ternan / voice
Alexander Knox, actor / violin / voice
Rosa Lennox, actor / accordion
Clare Norburn, voice / actor / percussion
Steven Edis, keyboard
Directed by Nicholas Renton
Written & produced by Clare Norburn
Music composed & arranged by Steve Edis
Costume Designer Madeleine Edis
Lighting Designer Natalie Rowland
THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS
The What the Dickens 2023 tour is supported by The Marchus Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, Scops Arts Trust and The Radcliffe Trust. The Ulverston performance is supported by the Sir John Fisher Foundation.
Photo: Sisi Burn