Expectations

Selected for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021 and Ladies Briefs by Valley Players (2021) / Shortlist: Short+Sweet Dubai 2022 and 2021

(Short) Novelist Charles Dickens and his wife Kate Dickens speak about the legal separation Dickens initiated after twenty-two years of marriage and nine children—narratives that differ substantially from each other. A play about power and women's lives.
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  • Alexander Perez:
    13 Jan. 2022
    A lovely piece that pushes the heights of the "less is more" philosophy that drives the heart of every successful short. Not only does this piece bring to life previously unknown (to me anyway) historical information, it also serves as a heart wrenching tale of betrayal, dismissal, and reconciling past hopes with the bleak reality that follows.
  • Alice Josephs:
    12 Jun. 2021
    These intertwined monologues of Charles Dickens and wife Kate are devastating in their simplicity. He wove acclaimed stories for entertainment, but here stories are a vindictive ‘legal’ weapon, forcing us to question what happens when the wronged wife is turned into a ‘character’ for legal purposes. And false storytelling, including unfitness as wife and mother, readily accepted, backed up by Dickens’ status as family patriarch and beloved author. As effective in modern as well as period dress, specifics of the Dickens’s separation take on universal resonance in the #MeToo age of fake news and the court of public opinion.
  • James McLindon:
    17 May. 2021
    A quietly powerful play whose alternating speeches by Charles Dickens and his wife, Kate Dickens, captures structurally his unwillingness to acknowledge his betrayal of her.

Character Information

  • Catherine "Kate" Dickens
    Mid-40s., Array
    Wife of novelist Charles Dickens.
  • Charles Dickens
    Late 40s., Array
    Well-known novelist

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Rum Diaries Presents (Glasgow, Scotland)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Fractured Time Productions (UK)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Caravan Productions (UK)
    ,
    2020

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Short + Sweet Sydney (Australia)
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    Valley Players (CA)
    ,
    2021

Awards

Shortlist
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Short + Sweet Dubai
,
2022
Shortlist
,
Short + Sweet Dubai
,
2021
Selection
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(production)
,
Short + Sweet Sydney
,
2021
Selection
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Ladies Briefs
,
Valley Players
,
2021
Shortlisted
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Pint-sized Plays 2020