Last night we drove up to Oxford, OH, to see Giles Davies perform his night of Dickens. It was absolutely worth the drive.
He started with a piece from The Uncommercial Traveler, in which he, playing Dickens, discussed his visits to Boston and New York, in (I believe) 1859. This piece was very funny – although people at the time found it quite insulting.
Then, after the intermission, he did an excerpt from Oliver Twist, going from just before Nancy’s murder, up to Bill Sykes hanging himself. It was gripping, and although he was playing 4 different characters throughout the piece, he was very convincing, and perfectly in character with each one.
If you get the opportunity to see Giles Davies, it’s worth driving a little out of your way to go see him.