A Child’s Journey with Dickens…..through New England
In 1868 Charles Dickens traveled to the USA. He was old, in poor health and in constant fear for his safety following a narrow escape in the great Staplehurst rail (below) disaster a few years earlier.
At the heart of this show is a young girl’s memory of meeting the great man on a train journey in New England, and Dickens’ enchantment with bothher boldness and innocence.
One of the lesser known stories about Dickens famous US visits. Dickens often used the commonplace and singularly human observations of those he met to use as well placed characters. The young girl, Kate, won his heart as they had dinner together. Once you’ve seen this performance you’ll see Kate, or versionsof her in many of Dickens girl characters.
A lighthearted and sweet bit of the famous mans life through the eyes of a child. Program will have portions of original retelling by Kate Douglas Wiggins travelswith Dickens the “Great One’ !