Expectations

Selected for Short+Sweet Sydney 2021 and other productions

(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. (Written for 365 Women a Year)
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Expectations

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  • John Mabey:
    18 Mar. 2022
    The structure of this play is thrilling and the dialogue so poetic. In EXPECTATIONS, Jennifer O'Grady reveals the underexplored and fascinating relationship of Charles Dickens and his wife Kate Dickens. Poignant, gripping, and so moving, this is a play that will stay with you long after their story ends.
  • Arianna Rose:
    18 Mar. 2022
    Reading - and seeing - a Jennifer O'Grady play is always a treat. Whether it's thought-provoking, confrontational, funny or romantic, they are all well-crafted to a T and enormously affecting. EXPECTATIONS is no exception. The sparseness of the language, the rhythm and pace of this short play, belie the layers and layers of sadness, betrayal and angst. Playwright O'Grady masterfully leaves those spaces for the audience to use their imagination and has created an incredibly satisfying play. MY expectations were more than met!
  • Jack Seamus Conley:
    18 Mar. 2022
    A moving, thoughtful, and simply staged (to excellent effect) story about a fascinating pair of people and their little-explored marriage (and legal separation). In Expectations, Charles and Kate Dickens come to life in believable ways that, despite being alive long ago, continue to resonate today. Excellent work!

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
    ,
    Rainy Day Artistic Collective
    ,
    2022
  • Professional
    ,
    Short + Sweet Sydney (Australia)
    ,
    2021
  • Professional
    ,
    Valley Players (CA)
    ,
    2021

Awards

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