A talk by Isabel Deeble; A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens & Public Readings
Join us on Saturday 7th April – 10am for 10.30am start at Sydney Room, City Tattersalls Club, 194 – 204 Pitt Street (near Market Street), Sydney. No bookings required. $5 entry fee for NSW Dickens Society members. $10 for non-members.
Isabel is a member of the NSW Dickens Society and an international speaker. Dickens as a performing reader brought his novels alive on the stage to enthralled crowds. In this presentation, Isabel will explore Dickens’ performing selves and how those highly dramatic readings were conducted, received, staged and scripted in what he called ‘this new expression of the meaning of my books’. Isabel will cover how and why the readings were the great theatrical sensation of the day both in Britain and the USA, Dickens’ love
of performance as background to his public readings, why Dickens chose to go on tour, the staging of the readings, the readings as performance and the legacy of the public readings. The talk will include short readings of Mrs Crachit bringing in the Christmas pudding and Mr Fezziwig’s Ball by Geofrey R. Usher.