Great Expectations Review

I had the pleasure of viewing Derby Theatre's newest Production, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, adapted by Neil Bartlett - Directed by Sarah Brigham.

The actors flow within their characters in the most effortless and captivating way possible, interestingly brought to life and carried with some of the same crafty elements Dicken's has in Pip's narrations. I liked that even though the play is not nearly as long as the novel, this production tells and mirrors not only Pip's journey but the principle of everyone else's — each single part becomes significant which makes the whole performance quite powerful.

From the set, designed by Barney George to the scenario, staging, and story — together make the play give off a dark, intense yet humorous and thrilling vibe in the most anticipating way. The performance was complemented by quite cold textured yet harmonic music, composed by Ivan Scott. The absorbing, classical sound fitted in extremely well with the critical discoveries, the inner conflicts, and subtle engagements with the audience within the performance. All coordinated with the ethereal yet gloomy lighting, done by Tim Skelly - enabling the audience to really experience the story with the characters.

The costumes outstandingly replicated not just the clothing worn in the early 1800s, but fittingly represented feelings through each character, displayed beautifully. I must say Miss Havisham's costume was a personal favourite of mine — not to mention the detailed wedding makeup, I loved it.

This compellingly gripping and light-hearted performance was truly spectacular. And without spoiling too much, the production also featured fire and water... It's epic.

To be able to bring such a classic and deep story to life is already magnificent but to showcase it with ease is exceptionally incredible.

Thank you, Derby Theatre for yet another memorable production. 

Great Expectations runs until Saturday 21st October, find out more and book tickets here.