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Preview: What the Dickens? at Washington Arts Centre

A Dickensian Comedy Thriller

What the Dickens?
Washington Arts Centre
6 November 2014
Renowned theatrical innovators Gonzo Moose head out on the road this autumn with their mad cap Dickensian comedy thriller What The Dickens?

Young Charles Dickens is a rookie reporter on The Morning Chronicle. Whilst investigating the foggy slums of Ye Olde London Towne, he accidently stumbles on a story that could make his reputation. Follow our hero on the adventure of a lifetime. Expect a world of pockmarked pickpockets, cobwebby convicts, teeming slums, empty marshes, dark secrets, convoluted plots and lots and lots of fog.

This inventive and gripping comedy features just three actors playing over 20 roles in 80 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Brimming with unfeasibly quick costume changes, stupidly surreal characters and wonderfully daft jokes, What The Dickens? is the most absurd contribution to the Dickens’ catalogue of classic tales.

“A delightfully silly romp through Dickensiana” Newbury Weekly News

Since exploding onto the scene in 2000, Gonzo Moose has become renowned for its accessible brand of stage comedy which combines improvisation, music, physical theatre and clowning. The company was founded by Artistic Director Mark Dawson (Cal MacCrystal, Fluxx Theatre and Ken Campbell) and has always had a focus on visually exciting stage comedy. Having delighted audiences over the past few years with their hit shows, Grimm And Grimmerand I'm An Aristocrat, Get Me Out Of Here!, Gonzo Moose are back with something to entertain the whole family.

“An exuberant mash-up of improvisation, physical theatre, slapstick and satire.” The Stage

"Typically wild, crazy, inspired and devilishly funny." The Oxford Times

"An inventive, clever show pushing the boundaries of conventional comedy." **** The Public Reviews

What the Dickens? comes to Arts Centre Washington on Thursday 6 November, 7.30pm.  Tickets are £8.50 / £6 (conc) and are available from or by calling the box office on 0191 219 3455.

Written by Abigail Anderson, Mark Conway,
         Neil Haigh and Emily Murphy
Directed by Abigail Anderson
Performed by Mark Dawson, Chris Porter and Alys Torrance
Production Photography by Idil Sukan and Farrows Creative

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On Tour

2 – 4 Oct: Rondo, Bath  01225 444003

7 Oct: Eastbourne College  01323 452255

9 & 10 Oct:     Pound Arts Centre, Corsham 01249 701628

29 Oct: Queens Theatre, Hornchurch 01708 443333

4 Nov: The Bay Theatre, Weymouth01305 208702

6 Nov: Arts Centre Washington 0191 2193455

11 Nov: The Met, Bury   0161 761 7107

13 Nov: Central Studio, Basingstoke 01256 418318

15 Nov: Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames 01932 253354

16 Nov: The Roxborough, Stowe 01280 818024

20 Nov: Assembly Rooms, Ludlow 01584 873229

21 Nov: The Key, Peterborough 01733 207239

22 Nov: SPAN Arts, Narbeth 01834 869323

3 -22 Dec: Drum Theatre, Plymouth 01752 230440

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