Bleak Expectations

Written by Mark Evans
Directed for Actonians by Nick Sharp


The story Charles Dickens might have written after drinking too much gin.

An hilarious, chaotic caper, featuring dastardly villains, preposterous names, pulse-quickening romances, heart-rending death scenes, and, of course, a happy ending.

Based on the award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.


Sir Philip Bin Rob Pardoe
Agnes Bin Di Pardoe
Thomas Bin Mike Schofield
Pip Bin Gabriel Marriage
Pippa Bin Dee Mason
Poppy Bin Sue Anstey
Skinflint Parsimonious Sarah Godsell
Gently Benevolent Stewart White
Bakewell Havertwitch Mike Schofield
Headmaster Wackwell Hardthrasher Steve Anstey
Harry Biscuit Sarah Godsell
Reverend Praygood Hardthrasher Steve Anstey
Broadly Fecund Godfrey Laundy
Ripely Fecund Rachel Taylor
Flora Dies-Early Gemma Perrett
Miss Chastity Hardthrasher Lin Bowden
Judge Solomon Hardthrasher Sarah McMahon
Boy Jenny McDowell
Crutch Person Sarah McMahon
Passer by/Mrs Convenient Exposition Di Pardoe
Man Godfrey Laundy
Woman Jenny McDowell
Queen Victoria Sarah McMahon
Court Official Sarah McMahon
Reverend Godfrey Laundy
Stage Manager Mark Whitehouse
Lighting and Sound Peter Carlin
Prompt Di Roper-Marshall
Set design and painting Maureen Blake
Set construction
Steve Anstey
Richard Stanway
Alison Horner
Sue Anstey
Marion Hill
Ann Aplin
Bristol Costume Services
Bar Manager
Front of House Manager
Box Office
Di Pardoe
Sarah Godsell
Sarah McMahon
Photographer Ray Bulmer