In January 2015, we collaborated with writers Martin Levinson and Avril Silk on Beyond Expectations. The show re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations, telling the story of Estella Havisham.
During pre-production, we were lucky enough to visit the Forkbeard Fantasy Workshops. The team at Forkbeard showed us some of their own puppets and were able to advise on making our own. We also talked about how we could make effective use of digital projections.
In August 2015, the show previewed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Striking costumes and innovative projectionsThe Scotsman
After our performances at the festival, we went back into rehearsals. The writers extended the script into a full-length production, and we made improvements based on audience feedback. We had just one week to re-rehearse, before touring the show to venues in South West England.
The entire project lasted nine months: starting in Devon – taking us up to Edinburgh – then touring through Cornwall, Somerset and London. Finally, we finished where we started with a final sold-out performance at the wonderful Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.
This was a round-trip of over a thousand miles and, we hope, only the beginning for Beyond Expectations.