Thursday 9.2 at 6pm: Frank Boyle in a Public Reading by Charles Dickens

Dear friend of Arkadia, You are most warmly welcome to: Frank Boyle in a Public Reading by Charles Dickens on Thursday 9.2 at 6pm! The entertainment is a re-enactment of Charles Dickens performing Public Readings from his works. The selection includes excerpts from The Pickwick Papers his first published book and several of his short stories. The audience is introduced to much of Dickens comic writing and a gallery of marvellous characters is brought to life by the author himself- a unique experience for both Dickens and his public. It’s an extraordinary and absolutely unique performance. Under no circumstances should you miss it! Warm regards, Ian www.arkadiabookshop.fiEntrance is free and green tea will be offered. A donation of €2 (or more!) is suggested and would be welcome. A PUBLIC READING BY CHARLES DICKENS is available for bookings. The entertainment can be tailored to the needs of almost any venue or situation- Ideal for schools or university or theatre production in small or large venue. The performance can also be presented in an intimate dinner party or even a pub theatre.Enquiries; or tel: +358 50 5368031 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born on February 7th 1812. This year, 2011, will be the 199th anniversary of his birth. He was born near Portsmouth and then moved to London at two, and subsequently to Chatham. Charles’s family was comfortably off at this time. However, when he was about ten, the family fortunes began to fade. Moving back to London, the pawnshop claimed many of their prized possessions and Charles was put to work in a warehouse, tying and labelling pots of blacking. Around the same time his father John was thrown into a Debtors prison (The Marshalsea). This family disgrace and fall from grace was changed suddenly by a legacy, which freed his father and family from prison, and Charles from soul-destroying drudgery, allowing him to continue his schooling. But Dickens never forgot this experience of the best of times and the worst of times. It was never to leave him and inspired his writing and his determination, in later life, to keep out of poverty and, indeed, fight Ignorance and Want and injustice in society. In the latter part of his illustrious career Dickens ‘took to the stage’ performing extracts from his works all over the English-speaking world. He toured extensively in Britain, even appearing in Dublin Ireland and then all over America causing a sensation wherever he went. He toured to the point of exhaustion and to the detriment of his health and died suddenly following a stroke on 9th June 1870. Frank Boyle Frank Boyle is a professional actor with extensive experience in theatre, TV and film work. He worked as a Freelance actor in Dublin for a number of years. Presently he is based here in Finland, and has been engaged in voice-over work and occasional theatre projects as well as TV. He has written and directed with the ETC Theatre Company, which achieved near cult status in the nineties. His many theatre projects include works based on James Joyce’s Ulysses and The Green Carnation based on the life and works of Oscar Wilde, which he has performed for audiences in Ireland, Finland, U.S. Estonia and Russia and before the Royal family in Monaco. In Finland, Frank has appeared in several feature films and TV series including Alright? Alright! Directed by Neil Hardwick on YLE TV and Lapinlahden Linnut TV sketch show directed by Mikko Kivinen. Recent projects included Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, performed at the French Cultural centre and the University of Helsinki. Plans for 2012 include A Public Reading by Charles Dickens and a ‘Swift Evening’ based on the life and works of Jonathan Swift with music from O’Carolan the 17th Century Irish harpist.