Riel Theatre presents: Bleak Expectations (Ep 5&6)

Bleak Expec­ta­tions: “Charles Dick­ens meets The Goon Show.”

Writ­ten by Mark Evans, more recent­ly known for the TV series The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff

Star­ring Richard John­son — Sir Philip (“Pip”) Bin
Tom Allen — Young Pip
Susy Kane — Pip­pa Bin
Antho­ny Head — Mr Gen­tly Benev­o­lent; Jere­my Sourquill
James Bach­man — Har­ry Bis­cuit
Lau­rence Howarth — Mr Skin­flint Par­si­mo­nious
Mark Evans — Mr Wyck­ham-Post-For­bur­ton.…, Thomas’ lawyer whose full name took 20 min­utes to say and to whom — since he charged by the hour — “his name was his great­est asset”; Revd Super­mar­ket; Wait­er; Dr Cure-Some-By-Chance; sundry boys, gen­tle­men and chavvies
Sarah Had­land — Lily, Sir Phillip’s daugh­ter
Geof­frey White­head — the entire dynasty of var­i­ous evil fam­i­lies with equal­ly unpleas­ant names.

This week “A Young Love Mer­ci­less­ly Dis­mem­bered” and “A Life Sad­ly Smashed… Then Hap­pi­ly Restored A Bit”.
Pip is saved from the wreck of Admi­ral Hardthrash­er’s ves­sel by Aunt Lily on a raft of trained tuna. He returns to Lon­don, to find true (if brief) love with the beau­ti­ful but ter­mi­nal­ly fee­ble Flo­ra Dies-Ear­ly. Pip­pa and Mr Par­si­mo­nious flee to the con­ti­nent, with Mr Benev­o­lent in pur­suit, but his nefar­i­ous attempts against them are thwart­ed by Aunt Lily. Har­ry, mean­while, tries to join the army to for­get his love for Pip­pa, but is thwart­ed by an aller­gy to the colour red.

Join us at the Claren­don Con­ser­va­to­ry from 7pm SLT on Thurs­day night or tune in to http://music.radioriel.org/

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