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

OUR PRODUCTION

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

CREATIVE TEAM

Director / Producer - Olivia Race

Producer - Alice Barber

Composer / Musical Director - Claire-Marie Seddon

Costume Design - Alissa Cooper

Technical Director - Anne-Louise Fortune

THE CAST

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

                   Emily Jones

                   Tim Chaplin

                   Harry Speak

                   Isabella-Rae Royle

                   Alfie Corbett

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