Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Beyond Expectations



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Beyond Expectations, a theatre show from Untold Theatre revisits Charles Dicken's classic great Expectations and re-tells the story from the perspective of Estella.

The story starts with Estella as a youngster, living with her mother, a passionate gypsy and her father, Magwitch, a drunk who beats her mother. She is then taken into the care of Miss Havisham, during which time she meets Pip. Although Pip loves her, she coldly rejects him, flirts with many other men and ends up in an unhappy marriage. Miss Havisham taught her well how to destroy men's hearts, demonstrating by ripping off the wings of a moth. At the same time though, she never taught Estelle the art of self preservation.

It's really interesting to see this well known tale told from a different perspective, though I felt it didn't really give a huge amount of insight into Estella as a character, over and above what we already know from the novel.

That aside, this is a wonderful production. The use of music and film add a great deal of atmosphere, whether it's restless ocean or scudding clouds or the forbidding gates of Miss Havishan's Satis House. The acting is consistently excellent and there is a good balance between humour and pathos. There's great attention to detail too, for example, I loved the puppets that were used to represent Estella and Pip in their very young years.

So all in all, a definite recommendation if you don't know what to see in the mass of theatrical possibilities that is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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Disclaimer: I received a free review ticket for this show. 

This review first appeared on my Shapeshifting Green blog yesterday.  

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6 comments:

Caroline Gill said...

It sounds an unusual and intriguing take on the story, Juliet.

Avril Silk said...

Many thanks. The Edinburgh show had a limited time slot. The full touring version shows deeper insight into Estella. Really appreciate your careful review.

Lynn said...

I've always thought that I would like to attend the Fringe festival. This play sounds wonderful.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It is, Caroline, well worth seeing

Hi Avril, oh that makes sense of course, it is a very short time slot. Thanks.

Lynne - yes it's excellent and the Fringe as a whole is well worth visiting Edinburgh for, though it is quite overwhelming

Crafty Green Poet said...

It is, Caroline, well worth seeing

Hi Avril, oh that makes sense of course, it is a very short time slot. Thanks.

Lynne - yes it's excellent and the Fringe as a whole is well worth visiting Edinburgh for, though it is quite overwhelming

Lowcarb team member said...

Sounds an excellent show.

So much to see and do at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

All the best Jan