In January 2015, we collaborated with writers Martin Levinson and Avril Silk on Beyond Expectations. The show re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic Great Expectations, telling the story of Estella Havisham.

Beyond Expectations 2015
R&D and some great advice at Forkbeard Fantasy Workshop

During pre-production, we were lucky enough to visit the Forkbeard Fantasy Workshops. The team at Forkbeard showed us some of their own puppets and were able to advise on making our own. We also talked about how we could make effective use of digital projections.

In August 2015, the show previewed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Beyond Expectations 2015
Flyering the Royal Mile in the rain

Striking costumes and innovative projectionsThe Scotsman

After our performances at the festival, we went back into rehearsals. The writers extended the script into a full-length production, and we made improvements based on audience feedback. We had just one week to re-rehearse, before touring the show to venues in South West England.

Beyond Expectations 2015
Our first tour date – sold out

The entire project lasted nine months: starting in Devon Рtaking us up to Edinburgh Рthen touring through Cornwall, Somerset and London. Finally, we finished where we started with a final sold-out performance at the wonderful Cygnet Theatre in Exeter.

This was a round-trip of over a thousand miles and, we hope, only the beginning for Beyond Expectations.