Dickensian double bill

Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens
Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens

A RIVETING interpretation of Charles Dickens’ novels is given by his great-great-grandson is Bramber.

Gerald Dickens is part of a double bill at St Mary’s House on Saturday at 3pm, alongside pianist Elizabeth Hayes, who will play music from the same period.

Pianist Elizabeth Hayes

Pianist Elizabeth Hayes

In part one, Gerald revives Dickens’s most admired portrayal of the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

Having worked in the legal profession, Dickens had an intimate knowledge of how the system worked, laying it bare for all to see.

In this hilarious scene, Mr Pickwick stands trial for a breach of promise of marriage to Mrs Bardell.

In part two, Gerald depicts Dickens’s fascinating treatment of childhood.

Episodes from Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol will also be heard.

Elizabeth Hayes illustrates the mood of the readings with Schumann’s music.

In 1838, the same year as the appearance of Schumann’s suite for piano, Kinderscenen, Dickens was writing Oliver Twist.

Elizabeth has played at many venues in Britain and made many concerto appearances, receiving great acclaim.

The event takes place in the Victorian Music Room. Tickets are £25, to include tea and Victorian-style cakes. Contact the box office on 01903 816205, email concerts@stmarysbramber.co.uk, or visit St Mary’s.