20 September 2023
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Come along to the Theatre Group’s visit to ‘Great Expectations’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre.
From the Royal Exchange’s website:
This adaptation of a classic by Tanika Gupta is just pure genius. You’ll get to see the familiar Dickens framework, but it comes with a twist.
All my life they looked down on me, always cursing and abusing. But you, you will be different!
Bengal, 1903. Rumours that the British Empire plans to partition Bengal spread and uncertainty is never far away. For one Indian boy destiny is found on the banks of the River Padma before the Goddess Lakshmi. Here a promise is made. Born out of terror or kindness the choice Pipli makes that night will shape his life forever.
Pooja Ghai directs Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. Pipli moves from his home in Rajshahi to the bustling streets of Calcutta. With an open heart he navigates unforgiving darkness and unsettling friendships in his search for a better future. For Pipli, dharma – the right way of living, is never far away.
Lit & Phil members and friends are invited to book their seats directly with the theatre for the 2.30 pm matinee performance on the 20th September.
There will also be a post-theatre meal at Cote Brasserie in Manchester at 5.30 pm. This will be an opportunity to share our views about the play in a relaxed atmosphere.
Please email the organiser, Joanna Lavelle, via the button above if you would like further information or if you would like to join us.
Good to know: There will be an online pre-event discussion led by Dr Manju Bhavnani before the play on Tuesday 12th September at 6.30 pm via BlueJeans and an online post-event discussion on Tuesday 25th September at 6.30pm. Email the organiser via the button above for signing in details.
If you can’t go to the theatre on September 20th, you can still join in the pre-event discussion on September 12th and/or the post event discussion on September 25th.
Image credit: Royal Exchange Theatre (Photography by: Felicity McCabe / Art Direction by: Alfred Mulroy)
Dr Manju Bhavnani OBE
Dr Manju Bhavnani OBE is a retired Haematologist and member of the Arts Committee of the Lit & Phil. After retiring from her NHS post, she undertook a degree in Classical Studies, followed by an MA.
She has been a Trustee on several Theatrical Boards, including 3 years as Vice Chair of the Octagon Trust. Manju lived and worked in a village in Bengal for 3 years and is interested in the rich culture of the region, where several adaptations of Western literary classics have been based recently.