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Character Sketches from Charles Dickens.

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Charles Dickens created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest British novelist of the Victorian era. His novels, most published in monthly or weekly instalments, pioneered the serial publication of narrative fiction.  Dickens works have never gone out of print and has been adapted continually for the stage and screen.

 

These are the first of twelve sketches from a book called "My Sketches of Dickens", which was written and performed by an Englishman called Bransby Williams. 

 

Others will be loaded on this page over time, some will be experiments with sound design in order to workshop an ideas as you can read in this blog.

About the Author:

Bransby Williams, a British actor, comedian, and monologist who was known as "The Irving of the music halls" from 1896 - 1929.  

 

In 1903 he appeared before King Edward VII, in 1903, at Sandringham House in a Royal Command Performance where he performed the characters from Dickens. In 1924, he also toured Australia performing the following sketches as well as his impersonations of famous actors and comedians of the day

Mr. Fagin's Last night alive.

Close your eyes and Imagine yourself sitting on a cold stone bench, in complete darkness and stillness in London’s Infamous Newgate prison, wondering what unspeakable anguish the walls around you have heard and witnessed.

Imagine the darkness talking back.... with the ghostly voice of Mr. Fagin. 

Audio design and direction by Lee Corrington and The Drama Merchant

All sound effects were performed live by The Drama Merchant.

Mr. Fagins last night aliveLee Corrington and The Drama Merchant
00:00 / 07:56

(Oliver Twist)

Vocal cast:  Joel Beskin

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Mr. Squeers opens school

(Nicholas Nickleby)

Imagine yourself sitting in a Victorian era classroom and the appearance of man with one eye and a face much wrinkled and puckered up, when he smiles, standing in front of you. He is about two or three and fifty; and a trifle below middle size and his expressions border closely on the villainous. He wares a white neckerchief with long ends and a suit of scholastic black. His coat sleeves were a great deal too long and his trousers a deal too short. 

Mr Squeers opens schoolLee Corrington and The Drama Merchant
00:00 / 06:34

Vocal cast:  Barry Gibson

Audio design and direction by Lee Corrington and The Drama Merchant

All sound effects were performed live by The Drama Merchant.

File won't play? Click to listen on YouTube