Theatre (drama, new writing)

  • ZOO Playground - Playground 1
  • 19:00
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Emul8 Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of sexual violence, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


If you knew my story, your heart would break too. Escaping a traumatic childhood, a young woman arrives in London. She soon finds herself as 'the leading lady in drama she can't comprehend'. The gaslighting is subtle, the manipulation slick. Can she escape or is she destined to relive the devastation of past events? Havisham offers a fresh perspective of Charles Dickens' greatest work of Gothic characterisation. As the embodiment of stuck trauma and malignant rage, Miss Havisham both fascinates and repels. But how did she arrive at this place and what are the tragic secrets?

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Paul Ashley 41 days ago

The best thing I've seen this week. Text and performance carried us through two decades with perfect pace and timing. There was no sense of compression to fit within the typical Fringe one hour limit. The crisis, when Miss Havisham realises she has, once again, been deceived, is played out in Heather Alexander's face turning (with total believability) from innocent hope to implacable fury.
This deserves far better audiences than it had this evening.

Katrina Raymond 42 days ago

I thought this was good - the acting was a bit mannered at times but that works for Dickens. Great to see older women being represented at the Fringe!

Paul Vale THE STAGE 45 days ago


Charlotte Walker 46 days ago

This is a must see! A masterclass in how to produce and perform a one woman play. And such a heart-wrenching story. The hour sped by - I was captivated!

Liza Grashion 49 days ago

Spellbinding. Beautiful story with an incredible actor. A must see!

Cara Johnston 50 days ago

Brilliant! Haunting! Captivating! Absolutely spellbinding! We felt like we were sitting front row at the National Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see this performance. It is best acting you will see in the festival.

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Theatre, Films, and Art Reviews (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

It would be hardly surprising to find her alone and angry in Great Expectations.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 41 days ago

Stands out for its original and skillful narrative craft

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

This is a beautifully crafted piece of theatre, whether you are a fan of Dickens or not. The story stands strong alone, as an example of how trauma can affect the human spirit.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

Gorgeously written.

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Fringe Review 52 days ago

The outstanding one-person show of the Fringe so far

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 56 days ago

Powerful, tense, heartbreaking. A breathtaking sight to behold on stage.

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