An actor, musician and maker who co-founded Kneehigh Theatre and performed in many of the company's productions over the years has now turned his attention to Charles Dickens' greatest creation.
Dave Mynne, from Penzance, will this week begin a one-man tour of his own adaptation of Great Expectations. Billed as "one actor and one book in one hour", this multi-talented performer takes on every character, from Pip and Jaggers to Estella and Miss Havisham.
With the minimum of props – candle, chair, table and suitcase – he rattles through the tale, never losing any of the original's essence or intrigue.
Previews of the show, which is directed by Simon Harvey of o-region and Kneehigh, received glowing reviews. Frank Ruhrmund, who regularly writes for the Western Morning News, said: "Performing on a simple set, he turns the pages of this epic novel in a masterful fashion that is mesmerising. It is a piece of theatre which is as ingenious as it is intimate. Mynne has never done anything bigger, bolder or better than this. Playing with absolute sincerity, he treats the book with respect, the core of this complex tale remaining intact."
And Sue Cade, of Exeter Ignite Festival, wrote: "Every character not only has a distinct intonation, but also physical attributes, which Mynne slips in and out of seamlessly. Estella is portrayed by a mirror, which works startlingly well, whilst Miss Havisham is a cream veil that takes on a life of its own, particularly in the harrowing scene where the tragic lady burns. Mynne also cleverly uses his fingers as characters in 'micro scenes'."
Great Expectations is at The Centre in Newlyn on October 5, Towednack Community Hall (Oct 19), Stoke Climsland Old School (Nov 9), Poughill Village Hall (Nov 15), Acorn, Penzance (Nov 22), Mylor Theatre, Truro College (Dec 4), and Lighthouse, Poole (Dec 17 & 18).
OTHER EVENTS THIS WEEK
ANTONY NR TORPOINT
Village Hall: New Social Table Tennis Sessions for novices on Friday 7pm-9pm.
Bodmin College Studio Theatre: Bodmin Rotary Club and Choir concert 'Around the world in Music and Song' Loveny Male Choir and St Austell Town Band. Tickets £7.50. Saturday 7pm.
Masons Arms: Live music from Vini Jones singer and songwriter from Walk Cornwall 2, Friday 7pm with complimentary pasty supper. All welcome; Andy Marshall (40-60 crooner) is Mr Sinatra. Saturday 9am-11.30pm.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Parkhouse Centre: Bude, Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society "The Geology of Bude & District" by Dr Roger Higgs. Monday 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £1.50.
Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.
Methodist Church: Honey Fair Day, Refreshments from 10am-4.30pm, (light lunches, cakes, tea and coffee) and Exhibition in the church entitled 'Harvest' from 10am-6pm on Wednesday.
The Old Chapel: Belinda O'Hooley, piano and Heidi Tidow, singer. £12 on the door. Saturday 8pm.
Elim Church: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm.
The Wesley Centre, Wesley Chapel: Camborne Old Cornwall Society meet for talk Cornwall's contribution to the Development of Telegraphy by Prof Gareth Parry. Tuesday . 7.30pm.
Parish Church Hall: Cancer Research UK Annual Coffee Morning, Wed 10am. Home made cake stall.
St Pauls Church Hall: Blood donor sessions Thursday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm.
Meadowbrook Community Centre: Silver churn Country music club with Longshot. £6. Saturday. 8pm.
The Great Hall: Imogen Cooper, Schubertiade, Tuesday 7.30pm; Jackie Oates – Lullabies, for Save the Children. Friday 7.30pm. Tickets £12, U10s £6.
Space: Autobotanography: Cyanotypes by Laura Denning, exhibition until Nov 29.
Village hall: Dartington Folk Dance Club Friday 8pm-10pm.
RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266.
Museum, Barton Terrace: Galleries covering all aspects of Dawlish life. Wed-Fri 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-5pm.
Village hall: Kris Dollimore, support – The Tides. Saturday 7pm for 7.30pm. £12.50 on the door.
Poltimore House: End of Season Historic Vehicle Show, Sunday 10.30am-3pm. The Mudskippers (folk) will be entertaining throughout the day.
Withycombe Methodist Church hall: Exmouth Folk Dance Club with caller Thursday 8pm. All welcome.
Aspects, Rolle Street: Two Minds, colourful exhibition of recent paintings, abstracts, still life, landscapes etc. Tuesday-September 24 from 10am-5pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Trevaskis Farm: Newquay Pentire Probus Club Walking Group. New members always welcome. Wednesday 11am start, lunch 12.30-1pm. 01637 878990.
HILLSFORD BRIDGE (739477)
National Trust car park: North Devon Ramblers meet for walk Hoareoak, Furzehill, Cheriton Ridge. About 10 miles. 10.30am.
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
Methodist Church Vestry: Coffee morning for Church funds. Wednesday 10.30am.
Harbour House: Exhibition of Art Works entitled Pairs, printmaker, painting and mixed media work, sculpture etc. Open Tues-Sunday 10am-5pm daily. Admission free.
Community Centre: Kingskerswell Natural History Society monthly meeting with Brian Maddocks who will talk on Dartmoor, the source of many rivers. Newcomers always welcome. Non member £1.50. Tuesday 7.30pm.
LANDULPH, nr SALTASH
Landulph Church: Landulph Festival, Kate Walker sings Ivor Novello and Noel Corward. Lunchtime concert and pasty lunch. Tickets £8. Wed 12noon. Festival running until Oct 5.
Memorial Hall: Medieval Minstrels Saturday 7.30pm.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
Pont's Mill free car park (SX 073561): St Day Historical and Conservation Society, Luxulyan Rambles, walk led by Geoff Purcell. Saturday 2.30pm.
The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.
Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University: Celebrity Flute Recital Deep blue. Friday 7.30pm.
RBL, Crownhill: The Nova Scotia Jazz Band, Sunday 7.20pm.
St Andrews Minster Church: Ten Tors Orchestra. Saturday 7.30pm.
Emmanuel Church, Mannamead: Kessenyan Singers present Brymbo Male Voice Choir. Saturday .
POUGHILL nr BUDE
Methodist Church: Coffee morning every Tuesday from 10.30am-noon.
St Michael & All Angels' Church: Community Fun Day, Saturday 11am-3pm.
Jubilee Hall, Redruth Methodist Church: Cornish Postcard, Postal History and Book Fair. Saturday 10am-4pm.
Villages around the peninsular: Roseland Festival , mainly music event, including talks, walks, film, theatre pub singalongs and much more. Running from Saturday until Oct 5.
Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.
Elliotts Store/Museum: Open Wed, Thurs, Sat, 2pm-4pm. Until end of September.
Mary Newmans Cottage: Open Wed-Thurs and Sat-Sun 12noon to 4pm Until end September.
Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free.
Village hall: Farmers Market Saturday 9.30-12.30pm.
Church: Study Day on Bishop Walter Frere by Rev'd Professor Andrew Lewis. Cots £10. 01208 80181. Saturday 10am-3pm.
ST IVE nr LISKEARD
Village Hall: Whist Drive, Saturday 7.30pm.
New Craftsman Gallery: Terence Coventry, Jeremy Annear and Judy Buxton, sculpture, painting, ceramics. Until Oct 12.
Village Hall: Local Produce Market, Saturday 9am-noon. Disability access and free parking.
Parish Church: Coffee morning Saturday 10am-noon.
Tavistock Methodist church: Stannary Brass Band and Musical director Peter Jones present a Proms Concert hosted by Angela Rippon. Also featuring The Kingsmen Barbershop Chorus. Tickets £7 on the door. Saturday 7.30pm.
St Eustachius Church: Boyan Ensemble of Kiev, sacred chants and songs of Ukraine. Monday 7.30pm.
The Wharf: Open Mic Night, Thurs 8pm; The South, Friday 8pm; Virgil and the Accelerators, Sat 8pm.
Museum: Open daily major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division arriving for training in SW Devon in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm.
Civic Hall: Totnes Folk Club Folk Dance with Nicole Mac and the Sou'westers. Saturday 7.30-11pm. £6. All welcome.
Village: Plymouth Area Police Choir with local group Songbirds. Friday 7.30pm.
Methodist church: Art Exhibition, Tea and coffee, wheelchair access. Saturday 10am-4pm.
Catholic church: Merlin MS Centre charity concert, with Stithians Ladies Choir, St Stythians MVC and guests John & Rosemary Heard. Admission £5. All welcome. Sunday 7.30pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. Tuesday 9.15-3pm; Poetry at the Hall, Tues 7.30pm.
School Hall: The Annual Wadebridge (34007) Model Railway Exhibition. Stars 10am closed Sat 5pm and Sun 4pm.
St Marys Church (signposted from village centre): Historic Dartmoor church open every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in September from 2pm-4pm. Car park, local walk leaflets, refreshments.