A Christmas Carol

First performed at St. Stephens Church, Exeter in December 2010

Our take on the Dickens classic, a simple yet effective piece of community theatre, created with other artists in order to help fulfil the expanded cast requirements, all bedecked in the most Victorian of costumes we could find. Much of the performance was done quite simply, such as a song around a piano at Fezziwig’s party; other sections were more theatrical with narration from a performer playing Dickens, or Jacob Marley decked in paper-chains; and some were particularly SourDough in nature, such as the future scenes being played out by shadowy silhouettes.

Something we found particularly effective was having the entire pieces entirely candlelit which gave it both Victorian and wonderfully ethereal quality (and Christmassy!)

It looked particularly beautiful set amongst the arches and stained glass windows of St. Stephens Church. St. Stephens is a 1000-year old building that has survived incredibly well through the years, including being virtually the only building left standing along the High Street during the Blitz. A major community centre it is now in desperate need of funds for major renovation which is already beginning to achieve fascinating results with Norman stonework being uncovered beneath the Edwardian facades, more details of which can be found here.

The church had been very helpful to us in its kind use of it as rehearsal space and A Christmas Carol was designed as a thank you by helping them raise funds and celebrate the building.

Starting with a quick adaptation from the original text, our piece was easily put together over just three weeks, one of the most casual, enjoyable and effective pieces we have created.

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