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The Mercators (2012) The Mercators (2012)

The Inimitable Dickens
A Dramatised reading

  • First staged by the Mercators at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • Extensively revised as All about Dickens for the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • The script is available in two versions with running times of 75 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Script and performing rights available from the author

The current script is configured for 8 readers (4 male, 4 female), but numbers can be easily adapted to suit

Can be very adaptable. A row of chairs is all that is required. A lectern could be added with other furnishings to suit. Dramatic readings are particularly ideal for non-theatrical venues and touring productions


The Inimitable Dickens is devised to be staged as a rehearsed dramatised reading. The present script is configured for 8 performers (4 males & 4 females), the numbers created for its performance at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. However, lines can be re-allocated to create flexible numbers.  

Although scripts are used, performers should be confidently familiar with the text. There are sequences that will work better without scripts.

The script is drawn from many of the excellent biographies available, particularly those by Peter Ackroyd and Fred Kaplan.  Extracts include not only his popular novels such as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield, Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend, but some of his lesser known works such as Mugby Junction.

The Mercators (2007)

“Very good, informative and different. I liked this. It's Dickens' life story illustrated cleverly from his writings” - edfringe.com