Ingatestone and Fryerning Dramatic Club
As Herbert Pocket might have pointed out to his protégé Pip, it is the custom in London society to wear the waistband somewhat higher …
In Ingatestone's production, directed by Lisa Mathews, Ian Russell makes an affable Pocket, and Sam Robinson-Thorley a believable blacksmith's boy turned gentleman. Strong Dickensian characterizations from David Pitchford as the convict Magwitch, William Wells as put-upon Joe Gargery and Jenny Godwin as an imperious, melodramatic Miss Havisham. Interesting doubling elsewhere, with David Linton playing both Jaggers and his clerk, and Vikki Luck both the women in Pip's affections.
Tim Murphy is Drummle, hardly on stage long enough to register, and the Aged Parent, bizarrely going through a pantomime of physical jerks before subsiding into his armchair.
Satis House and its world of shadows could have benefited from more atmospheric lighting, and the large stage could have been better used. It is effective to have scenes changed, characters metamorphosed, before our eyes; pity not to do it more instead of the tedious blackouts.
And if we can have a young Pip [nicely danced by Cameron Maddock to Rebecca Kerby's Estella] in a weird ballet to Lana del Rey, why not in the iconic graveyard scene ?