‘Literature is not peripheral to life’ – it is the very stuff of life. Dickens drew the traits of the women of his writing from those he encountered – and this is as much a play about Dickens as it is about his female characters. This is not the spark of raw talent that is to be found deep in the tangled coils of the Fringe; nominated for an Olivier award, Margoyles’ solo performance returns to rapturous applause. On stage she is unruffled, and it is with naturalistic ease that she slips expertly into the skin of an array of male and female characters, incarnating the likes of Gamp, Havisham, Micawber – even little Nell. One for fans of Dickens and Margoyles alike.
Pleasance Courtyard, 8-25 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Colette M Talbot]