Great Expectations Play

Great Expectations – a play based on the book by Charles Dickens
This script is one of a series ‘What the Dickens!’ :
• A Christmas Carol
• Oliver Twist
• David Copperfield
• Great Expectations
• A Tale of Two Cities
Cast of 15
Duration: Around 15 – 20 minutes
Suitable from age 10 upwards, this is a set of scripts written with Key Stage III in mind. I will be adding further teaching resources in the near future. It is my aim to make these great classics accessible to young people and adults alike*Scroll down for review.
Sample Text:
Narrator: This is a tale of (pauses) Great Expectations. But please don’t allow yourselves to be fooled by the title. No. Sadly this is far from a tale of high hopes and their fulfilment. This is a tale that will take you to many dark places where you will meet many dark characters. Where treachery and skulduggery lurk in every corner. Where so-called gentlemen act as complete tyrants (pauses) and where ladies, frankly do not come out much better!
(Sound of ‘clanking’ from a blacksmith’s shed)
But wait! What is that I hear? Aha! A sound of decency. A bright ray of light shining through all this mirky darkness.
(Enter Joe)
Joe: (Laughing) Did I hear someone compare my job to something bright and shining?
Narrator: (Shaking Joe’s hand) You did indeed! It’s so good to meet you!
Joe: And very good to meet you too, my friend!
Narrator: Ah, there you go! Warm and welcoming to everyone you meet. Never an unkind thought in your head. Always thinking the best of everyone!
Joe: (Smiling) Well, it doesn’t pay to carry bitterness around with you. My wife sadly carries enough for two of us – and look how happy that makes her!
(Enter wife)
Wife: (Shrieking) Joe? Joe Gargery? Have you not heard me yelling your name this past half hour?
Narrator: (Aside to audience) And there I was thinking the ear plugs were to protect his ears from the anvil!
Wife: (Rounding on Narrator) And what is your business in these parts?
Narrator: And a very good day to you as well, ma’am. I was just saying to your husband
Wife: (Interrupting) That good for nothing waste of time! And don’t you go wasting any more of his time! He has work to do! Isn’t that right, Joe Gargery?
Joe: If you say so, oh sweetness and light!
Wife: Bah! Don’t you go thinking you can sweet-talk your way around me! (Pauses as she looks around) And where’s that other waste of space, my young brother, Pip? Up to no good, no doubt!
Narrator: (Sarcastically) How lovely it must be to think so well of everyone around you!
Review:
These plays can be used in English lessons as well as Drama class. Dickens is a wonderful writer, but the sheer length of the novels and complexity of plot lines can be intimidating for students. Sue Russell’s plays are faithful to their originals yet also

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