A one-hour stage performance
based on the novel Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens

Reviews of Miss Havisham's Ghosts

...a rare evening of atmosphere and storytelling

Langar parish church played host to a candlelit performance of Miss Havisham's ghosts owing to the demand for seats which exceeded the capacity of Langar Hall Hotel where the performance was originally to be held. 

This iconic character taken from 'Great Expectations',  the well-known novel by Charles Dickens, makes for an intriguing and spell binding evening  Trish Knight-Webb tells her sad tale with energy and a trapped dignity encouraging the audience, who represent the wedding guests called back after twenty-five years, to empathise with her troubled past. 

The performance was followed by a splendid dinner at the hotel with roast goose, suitably Dickensian in character!

...a great time in one of the oldest pubs in Fleet St. last Saturday for Living Literature Society.

*** Miss Havisham has been described as "part of the permanent furniture of the western mind" and so the production sensibly uses much of the text from the original novel, although sometimes moving it around, and also sticks closely to the plot. .....the play is nicely written, cleverly constructed and works entirely successfully as a separate entity. Trish Knight-Webb tells the inverted fairy tale with weary regret rather than with demonic fervour in what is a very watchable performance.

Kenneth Scott, Edinburgh guide, August 26th, 2010.

*** Written, directed and performed by Trish Knight-Webb this one-woman show inverts Charles Dickens' novel concentrating on the history of the bitter Miss Havisham... Merging Dickens words with her own, Knight-Webb has created a solid piece which hangs off her cultured acting style. A seasoned pro she certainly has the chops to pull something like this off... she carries proceedings with confidence and an engaging tone.

David Pollock, The Scotsman, August 26th, 2010

"Mind Blowing"

Trish Knight Webbs Miss Havishams Ghosts is absolutly mind blowing. Her incredible adaption tells the wholoe story of Dickens Great Expectations and none would need to read the book. But after her magnigicent performance I am sure all will be rushing out to get a copy.

Director and Actor  Thane Bettany

Finely-nuanced performance

  Psychiatrist speak of the "Miss Havisham Effect", when someone suffering grief after a loss or bereavement is unable to move on with their life. Complicated grief is the term used when painful grief becomes addictive. Trish Knigh-Webb explores the complexity of one of Charles Dickens most memorable creations. Her one-woman performance at Winsham Jubilee Hall on Saturday August 14th was memorable. Trish's script, seamlessly weaving newly created back-story lines with those hinted at in 'Great Expectations' developed Miss Havisham's tragic story showing clearly how a motherless girl brought up by an indulgent father, running wild with her half brother and lacking the wise council of an older woman was easy prey for a suducer and swindler who jilted her on the morning of their wedding.

Trish gave a finely-nuanced performance, showing us a headstrong, passionate young woman, deeply in love, joyous on her wedding day, then desolated by desertion and humiliation. The meticulous set costume (including a single shoe) and the opening music create a troubling atmosphere of decay and loss. I hear every crystal clear word of this fiercely intelligent portrayal of a woman who has waster her youth in neglect and revenge.

Averil Silk - Somerset Timer

Powerful Story

   Trish Knight-Webb brought her solo adaptation of Great Expectations, Miss Havisham's Ghosts to Shaftesbury on Saturday.  She hopes to take it to the Edinburgh fringe in the summer.................It is an interesting idea, interpreting some of Dicken's great story from the viewpoint of literature's most famous jilted bride.

The actress who founded The Festival Players has filled in Miss Havisham's back story to explain her reclusive behaviour and her training of the haughty Estella........................the woman has lived indoors for decades, still wearing her wedding dress, in a room next to a nuptual feast now rotted, eaten by worms and rats, prematurely aged by lack of fresh air, sunshine and company.

The one-act play tells a powerful story of manipulation, plotting and revenge, starting from the basis that we, the audience, are the same people who came for the abandoned wedding, now back on Miss Havisham's birthday.

..............the pictures drawn of the once-vibrant brewery now laid waste are effective ...................the narrative was entirely convincing from this reclusive and increasingly vengeful old woman.

Gay Perry-Weir - The Blackmoor Vale Magazine

"AUDIENCE ENTHRALLED"

Miss Havisham's Ghosts, Melbury Osmond. Cobwebs festoon the walls and dust lies heavy on the mirror. This is Miss Havisham's desperately gloomy home, haunted, as it were, by Miss Havisham who, in turn, is hag-ridden by memories.

Trish-Knight-Webb has plucked the character from Dicken's Great Expectations tocreate a one-woman-show that held its Melbury Osmond audience enthralled.

Miss HavishamMiss Havisham, the jilted bride in her mouldering wedding-dress who survives on bitterness and gall, inspires this fine actress to weave an account of a life of tragedy and occasional sunshine..............a haughty human spider complete with webs. It is a performance that probes the character's sanity. Miss havisham is perhaps entitled to be mad after such deception and sadness in her early years. But her deliberate manipulation of young Estella and Pip point to her being vindictive and bitter, nasty and unlikeable in spite of occasional glints of girlish charm. It is a powerful piece, short and intense and with touches of suitably Dickensian melodrama.

Trish Knight-Webb's Miss Havisham broods and smiles, snaps and frowns as she contemplates her strange life before and since her disastrous wedding day..............this is a production to catch the next time Miss Havisham takes her ghosts on tour.

Dee Atkock
The Blackmoor Vale Mag,
Friday, Oct. 9th 2009

"STARTLING INTERPRETATION OF NOTORIOUS CHARACTER"

Trish Knight-Webb provided us with a remarkable, even startling re-interpretation of one of Dickens’s most notorious, and mysterious female characters in this one-woman show.

I had little idea, as the lights were dimmed, what to expect, but when the old woman hobbled in her faded wedding dress, the veil as grey as her tangled locks with the dust of decades, her face a raddled mask of misery, a silence fell over the people crowded into the room that was hardly broken for the next hour, such was the tension generated by the performance...

Perhaps a little more of madness in the performance might not have hurt, but then the recital of Miss Havisham’s shocking, and wicked subsequent life might have spilt over into melodrama. As it was, we believed every word, and hung on it. It was extraordinarily gripping and haunting...

Lynne Reid Banks
Bridport and Lyme Regis News
Thursday, May 2nd, 2009

 

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