by Michael Eaton. Five short plays broadcast to mark the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens's birth.
The theme of these plays is the Dickens's changing relationship with the city that fired his imagination. Each of the plays tells a unified, 'stand-alone' story, but it also contributes to an over-arching narrative - organised around the sounds of the city and the life story of the man whose footsteps pounded those streets.
A-Not-Particularly-Taken-Care-of Boy tells how the young Charles visited London as an eight-year old boy, in the care of his uncle. They become separated by the crowds, but with the help of a young gentleman, the terrors of the unknown city become part of a new world of stories. Based on 'Gone Astray' - written in 1853 about events c.1820; 'The Pantomime of Life' - written in 1837 and 'Meditations In Monmouth Street' - Sketches by Boz.
Boy ..... Hugo Docking
Young Gentleman ..... Samuel Barnett
Street Arab ..... Ryan Watson
Uncle ..... Sam Dale
Gog ..... Jude Akuwudike
Lad ..... Henry Devas
Judge / Magog ..... Sean Baker
Mother / Clothes Shop Woman ..... Joanna Monro
Wife ..... Deeivya Meir
Pal ..... Iain Batchelor
Music by Neil Brand
Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.