Playing Miss Havisham

Join us as part of the international celebration of Charles Dickens’s life and work to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth.


NSW Dickens Society & Willow Productions present

Playing Miss Havisham

Complete with wedding dress and cobwebs!

With Helen Moulder as Claudia, Directed by Sue Rider

With piano music recorded by Richard Mapp

Mitchell Theatre,Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Saturday 12 May 2012 @ 2pm

Adults $20, NSW Dickens Society Members $15

Credit Card Bookings (small fee applicable)

For other bookings please make cheques payable to NSW Dickens Society, post to NSW Dickens Society, PO Box 790, Wahroonga, NSW 2076 & include stamped self addressed envelope

Playing Miss Havisham is an intimate comedy with music, song and an array of endearing characters.

Claudia lives in New Zealand. Her husband is a farm accountant and her son Ben plays in a band. When an eccentric Irish film-maker arrives to make a film of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, Claudia is keen to audition for the role of Miss Havisham as she sees it as a way out of her humdrum existence. As she prepares for the role, Claudia finds her own life takes on the twists and turns of a Dickens novel. A work of unexpected visual richness, Playing Miss Havisham unfolds with mystery, music and surprise.

Music by Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Granados, Debussy & Gareth Farr

Reviews and more information on Willow Productions

Interesting Note

There is some conjecture Dickens based the character of Miss Havisham on a Sydney socialite Eliza Donnithorne (1826–1886) who was similarly jilted at the altar and lived a very reclusive life thereafter. She is buried in the Camperdown Cemetery at St Stephens Church, Newtown; the grave-site visited by members of the NSW Dickens Society in February 2005. Whether it’s true or not, who knows?

Helen Moulder – Writer, performer

An award winning actor, Helen has been working in theatre, television and film for over 35 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Recent roles have been as Virginia Woolf in Vita and Virginia, Vivian Bearing in Wit, Miss Shepherd in Lady in the Van, Madame Giry in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (Tour of Japan), Sister Aloysius in Doubt and Lady Churchill in Meet the Churchills. Her Australian work includes Yvette Gilbert in Dancing on the Walls of Paris, (QPAC), Virginia Woolf in Vita! a Fantasy (La Boite), Frances in Painted Woman (La Boite) and Gertrude in Hamlet. (La Boite and Queensland Arts Council tour) Helen’s film and television credits include Pictures, Country GP, Erebus – the Aftermath, Abberation, The Dark Knight and Rest for the Wicked. Helen has toured her solo show Playing Miss Havisham extensively throughout New Zealand and Queensland and last year took it to the UK and the USA playing to Dickens Societies and in the Dickens Museum in London. In 2011 she performed at the International Dickens Conference in Christchurch.

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