a private passion
 

Characters

Principal
Charles Dickens 45…57 high baritone  
Catherine Dickens 42 dramatic mezzo his wife
Ellen Ternan 19…31 dramatic sop his lover

Minor Principals
Edward Dickens c12 boy alto Sc1.1 son, doubles Railway LookOut Sc2.2
‘Plorn’ Dickens c8 boy alto 1.9 son, (could be taken by Edward)
Mamie Dickens c20 soprano 1.1 & 1.7 dauter
Mrs Ternan c45 alto 1.6/8 & 2.1/2 (could double Homeless Mother, 1.2)
Wilkie Collins 30s tenor 1.1/2/6 & 2.4 protégé & fellow novelist (could double Train Guard, 2.2)
John Forster c50 bass CD’s agent (could double Lord Hartington 1.1 & Railway Foreman 2.2)

Semi-Chorus playing Single Scene Parts
LookOut boy alto 1.22.2 poss Dickens' son
Fanny Ternan

20s

soprano 1.6 Ellen’s sister
Maria Ternan 20s soprano 1.6 Ellen’s sister
Driscoll   mezzo 1.9 Dickens’ servant
Homeless Mother   alto 1.2
Forsyth   tenor 1.1 theatrical promoter
Wills 30s tenor 1.3 Dickens’ clerk
Wigthorne 30s tenor 1.6 actor
Train Guard   tenor 2.2
Passenger 1   tenor 2.2
Matthews   baritone 1.9 Dickens’ servant
Passenger 2   baritone 2.2
Theatre Usher
baritone 2.4
Lord Hartington   bass 1.1
Railway Foreman   bass 2.2

Semi-Chorus also appears in the following scenes…
1.1 Melodrama audience & stage-hands (mute)
1.3 Christmas Carol Reading Characters in the novel
1.5 Prize-giving Dignitaries & off-stage chorus
1.6 Melodrama Rehearsal Extras & Waiters (mute)
1.9 Marriage breakdown Full chorus off-stage
2.2 Railway crash 10 part off-stage semi-chorus & onstage Passengers & Railway Track-workers
2.3 Ghost-Dress 6 part female semI-chorus inc high soprano appear as Heroines from Dickens’ novels
2.4 Final Reading Full chorus off-stage

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