It is Limerick in 1858 and Charles Dickens is on a reading tour of the City. To promote his novels and display his skills as an actor and raconteur.
Laurence Foster’s one-man-show recreates this period in which Dickens casts an amusing eye over Limerick – and interweaves his stark descriptions of Arthur’s Quay, Pery Square, Limerick Jail, the Famine, the Workhouse and various characters he encountered, with pertinent sections from such favourites as A Christmas Carol, Hard Times, Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist.
The result is an acting tour-de-force which brings wonderful life to some of Dicken’s most well-known characters as well as an insight into the man himself.
Laurence Foster’s career is a fascinating tour through Irish Theatrical History. Invited to Ireland in 1969 as leading man for the Anew McMaster Memorial Company, Foster stayed to appear in cvountless stage productions which led to a successful radio career with the RTE Players, from where, he regularly entertained us in our living-rooms as Harry Murphy in Harbour Hotel.
(Running time 45-50 minutes followed (after an interval) by Meet Mr. Dickens, a 40 minute question and answer session with Laurence Foster still in character as Dickens.)
Tickets €12 and €10 concession
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