Review of ‘A Man Like You’
Tracey Saunders reviews A Man Like You for the Weekend Special in Cape Town. “A deeply satisfying piece of work.”
A Man Like You – Africa Tour
Impro Classes with The Impro Show team
1 Feb 2017
Join Kevin and fellow Imps for impro show classes on Saturdays at Reps Theatre, starting from Saturday the 4th of February.
‘Mind Games’ to come out in 2017
4 Jan 2017
Watch this space! Mind Games, a new Zimbabwean feature film starring Kevin Hanssen and Dax L. Jackson, written and directed by Charles Mawungwa, will be out soon. Follow the progress on the Mind Games Facebook page.
The Impro Show in December
25 November 2016
Kevin and fellow Imps unleash their comic fury at Spice Trader and Bell’s Cafe (Willowmead Junction) in December. More about The Impro Show on their Facebook Page
Dickens Review in the Dorset Echo
Monday 26 September, 2016
REVIEW: Kevin Hanssen pays handsome tribute to novelist in Dickens, The Master Storyteller – by Marion Cox
DICKENS, THE MASTER STORYTELLER
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
CAPTURING the essence of a prolific novelist’s work presents a challenge to any actor but Kevin Hanssen has succeeded in doing so with astonishing skill in his one-man show in which he tells three stories from the fictional works of Charles Dickens.
In his excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities, the division of the classes is brought into sharp focus as Kevin captures the contemptuous behaviour of one of the French aristocrats in the novel as his carriage runs over and kills a small child, highlighting the author’s lifelong dedication to the treatment of the impoverished classes.
The short story, The Signalman, is Kevin’s second choice to dramatise and the tale is one of Dickens lesser known works with its ghostly plot which is beautifully enacted with emotional depth and humanity, while Kevin’s third drama is the famous finale of A Christmas Carol, told with energy and humour that captures the flavour of the author’s best loved novel.
With minimum props and subtle background musical effects, all the attention during the evening is focussed on the characters drawn by this great Victorian novelist and Kevin Hanssen’s sensitive performance pays handsome tribute to him with his fine acting talents.
The production, presented under the auspices of the Somerleigh Players, moves to Frampton Village Hall on Friday September 30 and Poundbury’s Brownsword Hall on Saturday October 1, each of which richly deserve to be played to full houses.
See the full review in context here
Radio Interview on BBC
Radio interview with Mel Hooley on BBC Solvent for Dickens and Me and My Friend
Dickens on tour in the UK
Dickens is on tour in the UK this September/October.
Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (Victorian Room)
Thursday 22 September.
Book at Dorchester Museum, or phone 01305 251 353
Briantspuddle (Village Hall)
Friday 23 September
Book with Sarah on 07469191954
Frampton (Village Hall)
Friday 30 September
Book by phone on 01305 251 353
Poundbury (Brownsword Hall)
Saturday 1 October
Book by phone on 01305 251 353
All performances 7 for 7.30pm ◆ Tickets £10 (includes a glass of wine & nibbles)
Tuesday 17 May, 2016
Dickens tours schools in Harare
Dickens is currently touring schools around Harare. This is something Kevin wanted to do soon after the original performances of the show in 2013, but it took a little while to make it a reality. Anyway, it’s happening now, and it’s great to have the play out there, exposing young people to the charms of Charles Dickens. Each show finishes with a question and answer session and a chance to chat about what goes into making a one person show.
Thursday 24 March, 2016
Dickens at The Rosebank Theatre
Kevin Hanssen will be performing his one man play Dickens – The Master Storyteller at Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town from the 5th to the 16th of April. This show received regular standing ovations during its run at HIFA.
Charles Dickens gave us some of fiction’s most memorable characters; who will ever forget the antics of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and the grotesque appeal of Fagin in Oliver Twist? His sharp-witted satirical views of society and humanity have maintained their appeal throughout the generations because of the vitality of their characters and their relevance to all times and all people.
Inspired by this, and Dickens’ own practice of telling his stories aloud, Kevin Hanssen comes to the Rosebank Theatre to present a show that transforms Dickens’ writing into a theatrical delight. Three vivid stories transport us from the whimsy of the French aristocracy, to a ghostly train tunnel, to the mad, crazy lovableness of a miser who found his soul.
To Book: visit webtickets.co.za or call Liz on 072 3166 133