At the age of 84, Eileen Norris is achieving a burning ambition– bringing to the stage one of Dickens’s lesser-known works, Chris Owen reports
Rioting in the streets. Alcohol abuse. Bad parents. Religious bigotry. Oh, and a hero with special needs.
The plot could be a reflection of modern life. It isn’t, but Eileen Norris says, with great glee, that it could hardly be more appropriate in early 21st century Britain.
‘It’s got everything we can relate to in 2012, but it was written in 1839 about something that happened more than 230 years ago.’
The ‘it’ to which Eileen is referring is Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. To the TV adaptation and celluloid audience it is one of his least-known works.
But Eileen is convinced it will sit well with people.
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