Great Expectations “Life is made of so many partings welded together.”

Great Expectations

Community Tour

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  • Dates Thu 02 Jun 2022 - Sat 18 Jun 2022
  • Location Community Tour
  • Ticket Price

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“Life is made of so many partings welded together.”

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Jo Clifford
Directed by Jenny Stephens
Production Design by Fiona McKeon

From humble beginnings in the marshlands of Kent, young Pip is determined to make strides in the big city and get a leg-up in society. Pip is caught up in a world of compelling characters – the elderly jilted bride Miss Havisham, the criminal Magwitch and alluring Estella. Can our ambitious protagonist realise his dreams or will life inevitably present itself with obstacles and trickery?

Abounding in trademark Dickensian humour, this wry coming-of-age story has been a landmark of English Literature since its publication in 1861, and continues to charm readers to this day. Teeming with eccentricity, fearsome convicts, stopped clocks, decay and decadence.


(A) BACKWELL PLAYHOUSE, WEST TOWN Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June at 7:30pm

23 Mariners Dr, Backwell, West Town, Bristol BS48 3HT

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13 Bell St, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR

(C) TACCHI-MORRIS ARTS CENTRE, TAUNTON Tuesday 14 June at 7:30pm

School Rd, Monkton Heathfield, Taunton TA2 8PD

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High St, Lytchett Matravers, Poole BH16 6DF

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(E) THE CASTLE SCHOOL, THORNBURY Saturday 18 June at 7:30pm

Park Rd, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 1HT

Call Armstrong Arts Group to book tickets on 01454 850933 or email


Pip Akim Bangura

Gentleman Pip Francis Redfern

Young Pip Melina Sinadinou

Estella Holly Hawgood

Young Estella and Herbert Georgia Cudby

Miss Havisham Sumah Ebele

Joe Samuel Bell

Miss Gargery and Molly Zoe Doughty

Biddy and Wemmick Ellie Jack

Mr Wopsle and Debt Collector 2 Kate Cartwright

Magwitch Tommy McAteer

Jaggers and Judge Chris Williams

Drummle, Compeyson, Sinister Man, Servant, Debt Collector 1 and Solider 1, Tom Gordon,
Herbert Pocket and Solider 2 Dudley O’Shaughnessy


Directors Jenny Stephens & Rachel Walsh

Production Design Fiona McKeon

Lighting Designer Chris Davies

Sound Designer Chris Monks

Movement Director Joêl Daniel

Voice and Dialect Coaches Sue Cowen & Charles McCollom-Cartwright

Production Manager Steve O’Brien

Assistant Production Management Joe Culpin

Production Supervisor Ruth Sidery

Stage Manager Matthew Newcombe

Deputy Stage Manager Lydia Morgan

Assistant Stage Manager Elsa Gear

Production Electrician Chris Monks

Sound Operator Lydia Morgan

Construction Manager Andy Scrivens

Carpentry Supervisor Rhys Gillard

Construction Assistants Jocelyn Chen, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong, Millie Edinburgh, Chris Monks, Adrianne Broadgate & Willow Digweed

Prop-making Supervisor Jessica Way

Prop-making Assistant Ziva Bucer

Costume Supervisor Ruby Nex

Costume Makers Jasmine Barron & Angelica Robinson

Costume Assistants Bethany Boldero, Shanice Dacres, Eleanor Duncan, Grace Green, Jo Kenney, Charly Riddett, Kimberly White & Arthur Wyatt

Hair and Makeup Advisor Chrissie Bricknell

Scenic Artists Jo Browne & Cliff Thorne

Special thanks to Sam Bailey at Artist Blacksmith and Bristol Design for their support of this production.

Rehearsal photos by Rachel Holman

Students drinking coffee in Clifton Village
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