The Pickwick Papers, published in a monthly format, was the first of Dicken's novels . It soon became a raging success with crowds awaiting the next installment with anticipation.
Mr Pickwick departs on his travels, and after several farcical misunderstandings he finds himself on trial for breach of promise of marriage.
While Nigel was visiting his daughter in Australia a few years ago, theatre friends there suggested he brought a play to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and advised that it should be quintessentially British like The Pickwick Papers. The following year whilst recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, Nigel adapted the novel into a one man play.
Charles Dickens in later life used to do readings from his books and in fact the
last public reading he gave was The Trial from The Pickwick Papers. Using the text of this reading as a base for the play, Nigel went on to explain why the trial took place.
He tried it out for three nights in 2012 at The The Purple Playhouse, a small fringe venue in Brighton, developed it at various Fringe Festivals in the UK and took it to the Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2014.