Dickens’ classic to end season

Marley Laurie (Emily) and Elaine McEwan (young David) in a scene from Forfar Dramatic Society's David Copperfield.
Marley Laurie (Emily) and Elaine McEwan (young David) in a scene from Forfar Dramatic Society's David Copperfield.

Following their success at the recent SCDA festival, members of Forfar Dramatic Society turn their attention to their final production of the season when they present Charles Dicken’s classic, David Copperfield, in Club One next week.

The novel has been adapted for the stage by Alistair Cording, who has had success with many adaptations, most notably Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song.

David Copperfield is thought to be autobiographical with Dickens drawing on many aspects of his early life. The play starts with a young David being left with his mother following the premature death of his father. The story follows David’s journey from Murdstone’s ruthlessness, Creakle’s cruelty, his mother’s untimely death, through the mind-numbing drudgery of the bottle factory, until finally he is accepted by his Aunt Betsy where he matures into adulthood.

The story introduces many memorable characters, including the gloriously eccentric Micawbers, the creepy Uriah Heep, the family loving Peggotty’s, the arrogance of Steerforth and the three women in David’s life, Emily, Dora and Agnes.

The adaptation is faithful to the book and, although some events are slightly altered for dramatic effect, the aim is to create an exciting, fast-paced, clear and engaging stage play, recreating all the great events of a great novel.

In another first for the society, this production is being staged in Club One in North Street. The layout of this venue is seen as perfect for this production. Audience members will be able to enjoy a relaxing drink prior to, and after the performance. The society is very grateful to the management of Club One for allowing them the opportunity of utilising the venue for the staging of David Copperfield.

The play runs from Tuesday, May 14, to Friday, May 17, at 7.30 p.m. each night. Tickets can be booked and paid for online at www.forfardramatic.com or from the Toy Castle, 86 Castle Street. Tickets are priced at £8 for adults and £6 for concessions.