ThE­ATRE MISS hAv­IShAM’S GhOSTS tH­eSPaceS @ Sur­geonS Hall (Venue 53) HHHHH

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WRIT­TeN, di­rected and per­formed by Trish KnightWebb, this one-woman show in­verts Charles Dick­ens’s clas­sic novel Great Ex­pec­ta­tions so that it no longer tells the life story of the young or­phan Pip, but rather con­cen­trates on the his­tory of the bit­ter Miss hav­isham.

The ac­tress plays her as a frayed old woman, prowl­ing her cob­webbed draw­ing room, still wear­ing her wed­ding dress and re­mem­ber­ing both the be­trayal of the fi­ancé who once conned and left her, and her own guilt at tak­ing out re­venge on Pip and her fos­ter daugh­ter, estella.

Merg­ing Dick­ens’ words with her own, Knight-Webb has cre­ated a solid piece which hangs off her cul­tured act­ing style. A sea­soned pro of stage and screen whose train­ing in­cludes the RSC, she cer­tainly has the chops to pull some­thing like this off. By ne­ces­sity, of course, there’s a cer­tain in­er­tia to the tale of an aged woman in her derelict Satis house, be­moan­ing love as “self-hu­mil­i­a­tion” and moan­ing “would that I had died in that moment, in­stead of liv­ing these long years in mis­ery, lone­li­ness and soli­tude” about her ill-fated wed­ding day, but Knight-Webb car­ries pro­ceed­ings with con­fi­dence and an en­gag­ing tone.

DAvID POL­LOCk

Un­til to­day, 12:20pm.

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