Bleak Expectations, Dickens' First Draft
by Eden Ballantyne & Charles Dickens
Stories Alive - Leeds, UK
V.10 - Planetarium 
Charles Dickens comes to Winnipeg with his brand new first novel. Eden Ballantyne as Dickens will perform all of his (now) favourite characters mixed up in a chaotic adventure. With Oliver Copperfield meeting Fagin Magwitch then being sent to London to solve the mystery of Edwin Drood and the Jarndyce and Jarndyce case. Past reviews: “This show can be recommended as something quite different, which will be an enjoyable treat and will leave you with a warm smile.” – SG Fringe “Eden’s storytelling flows light and easy.” – Theatre Design

Eden Ballantyne

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Fringe Performers, Kids (12 & Under)


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Mild language, violent content

Thu July 18 7:00 PM
Fri July 19 3:15 PM
Sat July 20 12:00 PM
Mon July 22 5:00 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Tue July 23 5:15 PM
Wed July 24 10:00 PM
Fri July 26 9:45 PM
Sat July 27 1:45 PM

Bleak Expectations, Dickens’ First Draft

Stories Alive—Planetarium

I will start by saying my knowledge level of Dickens’ work is mediocre at best, I could name most of his books and some of the characters, but I am largely unfamiliar with the main plot arcs of all but a couple of his works. This means I am certain I missed a number of references to various plot lines and character in-jokes that were included in this Dickens mash-up. However, even as someone with a more casual acquaintance with the source works, I enjoyed this quick twelve chapter story by Eden Ballantyne and his performance was top-notch in his reading and portrayal of Charles Dickens and a baker’s dozen of his characters.

Murray Hunter

Stories Alive

Bleak Expectations, Dickens’ First Draft—Planetarium

A one-man show, featuring British storyteller Eden Ballantyne (from last year’s Carmen and Don Jose & Grimm’s Fairer Tales) as famed author Charles Dickens, telling his brand new story, (his first draft) featuring all his now famous characters mixed up in his now famous plots. For a sneak peek video of the show check out Stories Alive’s webpage or YouTube account.

Enjoy a proper English classic told in a twisted way, in the beautiful Planetarium venue.