A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Olivia Race
Ebenezer Scrooge is a grouch. He never has a kind word for anyone, and is infamously stingy - especially at Christmas. When the three ghosts of Christmas pay him a visit, Scrooge is given the opportunity to examine his conscience, prompting him to change his selfish, cantankerous ways and transform himself through the spirit of Christmas - before it is too late...
November - December 2017
Regional Tour, UK
A CHRISTMAS CAROL saw Front Room tackle its largest-scale undertaking to date, totalling 42 performances across four unusual venues, and creating a unique production in each city. The show combined Front Room’s characteristic promenade style with an immersive effect. In adapting the novel, Olivia created an ambitious split scene structure and incorporated audience participation, recruiting members into roles such as Young Scrooge, boisterous partygoers, and members of the Cratchit household.
With a strong cast of Actor-Musicians, the action was underscored by a rich combination of strings, brass and accordion, as well as intricate a-capella vocal arrangements of well-known Christmas carols, which created an entirely festive and Dickensian atmosphere.
The audience response was incredible, and as a performer it was truly heart-warming to see the effect of the show reflected in the faces of our spectators at such close quarters. Smiles abounded as audience members flung themselves around the room to Fezziwig’s group ceilidh dance, and joined in with Fred’s party games, while bleak visions of the future were observed with solemn silence and stony faces. People seemed genuinely moved by Scrooge’s final transformation – we even had a few tears!
As Charles Dickens observed in the novel, “There is nothing so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour”, and palpable Christmas cheer certainly touched all those who were involved with this magical production.
Alice Barber, Producer/Musician
THE CRITICS RESPONSE
“Delightful and imaginative.” * * * * 1/2 (The Reviews Hub, full article)
“Truly engaging theatre.” (York Press, full article)
“The immersive approach is intoxicating.” (Manchester Theatre Awards, full article)
"Absolutely superb! What theatre should be – so wonderfully involving." (Audience Member)
"A masterclass in music & drama. Exquisite!" (Audience Member)
"Wonderful performance. The spirit of Christmas is alive and well as long as there are performances like this! " (Audience Member)
CAST & CREATIVES
"It was a joy to be able to play Ebenezer Scrooge in Dickens` classic tale, such an honour. Front Room Productions’ talented, hard-working and innovative team are an absolute pleasure to work for. The dedication to their work, and determination to see their inspirational ideas for this ambitious promenade performance, come to fruition, was a delight to witness and be a part of.
With four completely different venues on the tour, it was certainly challenging to adapt the play to each individual venue, but Olivia and her team came through with flying colours. For myself, personally, I have to say what a thrill it was, to work with such a lovely and talented group of actors, and Front Room Productions."
Mick Liversedge, Actor
Director / Producer - Olivia Race
Producer - Alice Barber
Composer / Musical Director - Claire-Marie Seddon
Costume Design - Alissa Cooper
Technical Director - Anne-Louise Fortune
Ebenezer Scrooge - Mick Liversidge
Fred / Jacob Marley - James Barrett
The Ghost of Christmas Past - Claire-Marie Seddon
The Ghost of Christmas Present - Katie Tranter
The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come - Olivia Race
Bob Cratchit / Fezziwig - Leslie Davidoff
Mrs Cratchit - Kim Burnett
Violinist / Narrator - Alice Barber
Tiny Tim - Eva Connor