Helston Theatre Company's tribute to Dickens
3:00pm Saturday 25th August 2012 in News
A tribute to the life and work of Charles Dickens took place in Helston this week, in the 200th anniversary year of the author’s birth. Helston Theatre Company began their production of David Copperfield at the Epworth Hall on Tuesday, with the show continuing to run until Friday.
The stage version of one of Dickens’s best loved books, adapted by Ian Mullins, mirrors the author’s own life story. The company spent the weekend before putting final touches to one of their most challenging productions, which combines joy with sadness and melodrama with comedy.
The title role was shared by 12-year-old Jamie Wilmott, who will play the young David for the first part of the production, and Joe Thompson acting as the narrator before taking over as David grows up and the play progresses.
Also taking key roles were Steph Rosewarne and Sophie Wara, who play David’s wives. Steph is the frail Dora who sadly dies, and Sophie plays Agnes with whom David finds true love.
Other famous fictional characters among the cast of 34 include Uriah Heap, Mr Micawber, Betsey Trotwood and Peggotty.