Bleak Expectations

Hilarious pastiche of Britain's greatest novelist!
(Radio 4, BBC Two, West-End.. and now Clent)

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Bleak Expectations

A comedy, by Mark Evans

(An amateur production presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books Ltd.)

Touring to a Venue near you!

Dodford Village Hall: Tues 14th May

Clent Parish Hall: Fri 17th, Sat 18th May


Join Sir Philip Bin for a joyfully absurd journey though the stories of his Dickensian youth. Gasp, guffaw and titter along at the many fond (and strangely familiar) friends and enemies that enrich this immersive, literary tale or riches, to rags, to riches.

Bleak Expectations started life as an award winning BBC Radio 4 Comedy Series before inspiring a closely related BBC Two Comedy series (The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff) starring Robert Webb (Mitchell and Webb). Last year, the show made it's way to the West-End where a roll-call of Britain's best Comedians (including Sally Philips, Stephen Fry, Jack Dee, Sue Perkins and more) starred as the narrator (Sir Philip).

Keen listeners of the original Radio 4 series will recognise the iconic charachters of Mr Gently Benevolent, Wackwell Hardthrasher and Pip's loyal friend, Harry Biscuit.

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Amateur Theatre in Clent!

Clent's very own Amateur Theatre and Musical society!

Established in 2001 after the Millennium Jesus Christ Superstar project, we have been performing high quality Amateur Musical and Comedy Drama productions ever since.

We have no fixed timetable but we aim to perform two shows each year including our 'big' musical and a play, usually a comedy :-) Guaranteed ROFL

Although we call Clent home, we can be found performing our high quality, award winning productions at venues across the Midlands and Birmingham.

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We are always on the lookout for enthusiastic actors, dancers, singers and back-stage help to get involved with our productions.

COMIC members are all ages and come from all across the Midlands. Our nearest member lives right next door to the rehearsal hall. Our furthest lives in Oxford!

We have many talented members who work professionally in the Performing Arts industry and we have many who are treading the boards for the very first time. Your experience is not important, but we do require enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

Rehearsals are normally followed by a visit to one of many excellent drinking establishments and we host a range of social events throughout the year.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch via e-mail or Facebook.

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Past, Present and Future Productions


Musical - Autumn 2024


Bleak Expectations


  • 2020 Out of Order
  • 2018 Addams Family Musical
  • 2018 Around the World in Amazing Musicals (A COMIC Concert)
  • 2017 Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society - Murder Mystery
  • 2017 The Producers
  • 2016 Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • 2015 Last Panto in Little Clent
  • 2015 Acorn Antiques: The Musical
  • 2014 Blackadder Goes Forth
  • 2014 High Society
  • 2013 'Allo 'Allo!
  • 2013 Cabaret Evening (Songs from the Shows)
  • 2012 Cat Flap
  • 2012 Guys and Dolls
  • 2011 Sweet Charity
  • 2010 The Railway Children
  • 2010 Crazy for You
  • 2009 Songs From The Shows
  • 2009 Hello Dolly
  • 2007 The Boyfriend
  • 2006 Fiddler on the Roof
  • 2004 South Pacific
  • 2003 Oklahoma
  • 2002 Robert and Elizabeth
  • 2000 Jesus Christ Superstar

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We are always on the look out for new members and new opportunities to perform.

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