A Christmas Carol (Bath)
5 January 2013 WOS Rating: There is always something quite mesmerising when watching a monologue, the way it engages and draws you into both the story and the physical demands of performance is both exciting and challenging; this production is a great example of when you have an actor at the top of his craft telling a well known story and still finding something new to say.
Clive Francis is Charles Dickens, retelling the age old classic A Christmas Carol, historically Dickens told his stories to packed town halls on a regular basis and I am certain he would have approved of this interpretation.
Francis brings to life each and every character, his Scrooge is the mean spirited man with a heart of flint whose transformation is utterly convincing. The splendid array of melodrama, comedy and rapport with the audience carries the packed house along on at a good pace which never falters.
The staging is simple with a highly effective lighting design that transports the story telling from the cold stone floored office to the opulence of a Christmas cheer filled home; complemented by warming compositions from
This production allows an insight into the plight of Dickens England the chasms in society and the aching graciousness of Scrooge to be allowed a second chance. Whilst Christmas may be past it is a perfect way to kick start a few new year resolutions should you see a little of Scrooge in your working day.
- by Petra Schofield Related Content Back to Northwest Homepage
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