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"Sketches by Boz"

Ipswich Institute Reading Room, 15 Tavern St, Ipswich IP1 3AA
Wed, 12th September 2012 - Fri, 14th September 2012

 

“Sketches by Boz” is a dramatized compilation of some of the stories featured in Dickens’ first book of the same title. All the stories are set against the background of the metropolis and combine observation, fancy and fiction to create a vibrant picture of London life in the 1830s.
We will meet the priggish bachelor Mr Minns in his “brown frock coat and light inexplicables” and the byronesque Horatio Sparkins. We will witness the Private Theatricals of Mrs Joseph Porter and marvel at the complexities of The Great Winglebury Duel.
As Dickens’ friend and biographer John Forster commented, “The first sprightly runnings of his genius are undoubtedly here.”
The production is a script in hand performance by Common Ground Theatre Co in association with The Ipswich Institute, featuring local actor Julian Harries as Charles Dickens.
Dickens had several associations with Ipswich
o His stay at the Great White Horse in 1835, while reporting on a parliamentary by-election for the Daily Chronicle clearly made an impression, as the inn featuring prominently in Pickwick Papers published two years later. “Never was such labyrinths of uncarpeted passages, such clusters of mouldy, ill-lighted rooms, such huge numbers of small dens for eating or sleeping in, beneath any one roof, as are collected together between the four walls of the Great White Horse at Ipswich”
o The reading tours of 1858 and 1861 both included appearances in Ipswich and in 1859 he recorded his pleasure in observing some of the buildings’ antiquated carvings around the town, his indifference to the docks, and his not altogether happy experiences of fishing in the town’s River Gipping…
Along from the Great White Horse the then recently founded Ipswich Mechanics’ Institution had just moved into the premises it still occupies today. The present Ipswich Institute, now an independent library and educational charity, is proud to mark the bicentenary with this production.

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