"Dickens and the Magic Lantern"
is a theater production by:
Adrian Kok - Charles Dickens-actor and researcher, member Dickens Fellowship Haarlem Branch, member of The Magic Lantern Society UK and Magic Lantern Society USA & Canada
Else Flim - author, playwright, translator, director, member of the Dutch Writers Guild, member Dickens Fellowship Haarlem Branch, member of The Magic Lantern Society UK and Magic Lantern Society USA & Canada, member of the Dutch Writers Guild
Commencement of the Dickens' Magic Lantern Readings:
Lantarnist and Laterna Magica-expert Annet Duller owns an impressive lot of extraordinary magic lantern slides and she performs her Laterna Magistrale shows not only in the Netherlands, but in Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and USA as well. She also trained Else as a lanternist.
Adrian Kok acted as an executive director Organisation for a multinational and was used to address large audiences in more than 50 countries. Being in the audience during one of Adrian's speeches she noticed that his performance and use of his voice would make him an ideal dickens-performer.
Else Flim, author and playwright asked Adrian to do the historic research for the Dickens' Magic Lantern Readings-project. Else translated Dickens' original reading texts into Dutch. Charles Dickens himself was constantly editing his reading texts in order to achieve the utmost out of his monopolylogue performances.
As a writer, playwright and director Else adapted the readings based on the original Dickens readings/books and the original reviews from Kate Field and Charles Kent. She wrote introductions and intermezzos to give insight in his stories and his life.
During two years of working together building the Charles Dickens Magic Lantern shows, Annet Duller trained Adrian Kok and Else Flim in handling Magic Lanterns and the original slides. She sold her Dickens slides to the Dickenstheater. Adrian was able to enhance the collection of magic lantern slides with scenes from Charles Dickens stories in order to offer the audience a very broad Charles Dickens Readings program. See Repertoire