Welcome to the content-rich and interactive Dickens GE Resource Pack developed in collaboration with The Dickens Legacy.
Find out how Beckman Unicorn’s London West End production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Charles Dickens was adapted for the stage by Jo Clifford culminating in the West End's first international cinema broadcast live from the theatre on the Gala Night.
Packed with a fascinating insight in to the production itself, including music, video and exclusive images from the production, the resources are also relevant for preparing students for Theatre Studies and Performing Arts courses at key stages 4 and 5, and for writing schemes as part of English Literature AS/A Level. The combination of movement, music and acting in the production makes it ideal assignment material for all levels of BTEC Performing Arts courses.
The element of the resource pack examining Beckman Unicorn’s role as a commercial production company supports mandatory BTEC units exploring the Performing Arts Industry. In addition there are practical ideas for using Drama as a tool to raise standards in English at Key Stage 3. Also included are drama exercises that explore the original novel and are designed to develop reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
The live broadcast of the West End Gala Night is available on DVD and VOD with extras including interviews with Graham McLaren, Jo Clifford, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley and Dickens aficionado, Simon Callow. To further aid access the DVD is subtitled in German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish and is available via the official site.
Ratings and Reviews
Visually & Dramatically Outstanding !
I saw this emphatic exceptional production on screen in Fort Lauderdale last February 2013 and was so impressed with both the acting, presentation and overall production. I sincerely hope that after a successful run in London's West End that Great Expectations will get a sincerely deserved transfer to Broadway as I am sure American audiences will love this interpretation of this brilliant Charles Dickens Classic Drama ...
View the App for a full insight as to how this amazing interpretation came to fruition ...
Fantastic educational resource
The Dickens GE app is a brilliant educational resource and is a must for any school using Great Expectations as a GCSE or A level text. The app contains so many helpful references and takes you through the entire production in the West End as well as looking at Dickens life. You are also introduced to the Dickens Legacy charity. Most amazing is this app is free! Get it now!
I first saw this amazing production in Aberdeen whilst it was on tour ,dragging my son along who was studying the novel for his GCSE English. Dickens not an easy read for the play station generation ! I was so impressed with this production as was my son who was hooked and really got the story and themes in a way that simply hadn't hit home before.The production was a fantastic combination of great storytelling,wonderful theatricality and seamless acting ;all which brought the story to life. I went again whilst in London to the West End production with my friend and her kids ,the response was equally enthusiastic . I felt no hesitation in downloading the App which is absolutely fantastic , not only for those studying English and the text but also for those studying Drama .It really gives fantastic insights on how a production like this gets put on and really builds understanding on all the elements needed .There are fantastic activities within the app which I have managed to encourage my son to do who is now studying Drama. This is a great resource for those studying either Drama or English and I would thoroughly recommend it .
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.