KIlKENNY is home to one of the direct descendents of Charles Dickens, Nicky Flynn nee dickens, the owner of Kytler’s Inn and now for the first time in Ireland her brother Gerald Dickens will perform his one man show “Mr Dicken’s is coming.”
“Mr Dickens is coming” is described as “A light-hearted and varied look at the life and character of Charles Dickens. Gerald uses scenes from the great author’s works, diary extracts and observations from those who knew and worked with him. With its fresh and modern perspective.”
During his life time Charles Dickens toured Ireland and performed reading and acted out parts from his novels. Gerald Dickens is hoping to bring Charles Dickens work back to life for modern audiences by doing the same.
He has performed his show throughout America where he received glowing reviews. “A Dickens of a performance” according to The Boston Globe. “A once in a lifetime brush with literary history” The New York Times. “The Audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’s day!” The Los Angeles Times.
The Dickens family never earned the huge fortunes through copyright that the descendent of other literary geniuses benefited from. Charles Dickens had worked as a journalist and as such the copyright for his work remained with the newspapers.
There is still a huge market for all things Dickens, an Irish collector Tom Higgins splashed out £433,250 to buy Dickens desk in 2008. However Nicky Flynn said that the Dickens family had donated any memorabilia to the Dickens centre in England. Next year will mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens birth and to mark the occasion all his descendents have been invited to Westminster Abbey.
Gerald Dickens will perform “Mr Dickens is coming” on Thursday 11 August in Kytler’s Inn Tickets are e15 contact 056-7721064