A Christmas Carol review by Student Ambassador Shania Waterson
Travel back in time this Christmas...
By Shania Waterson
Set in 1843, Derby Theatre's festive production of A Christmas Carol follows Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Gareth Williams) as he tries to fight off the Christmas spirit. However, late Christmas Eve his former business partner, Jacob Marley (James McLean), warns him that three spirits will be visiting him to make him change his ways. The three spirits soon show Scrooge how fortunate he currently is and how he could help others at this joyful time of year.
A talented ensemble, including live music from actor-musicians as well as storytelling, wonderfully portrayed the journey of Scrooge. The music (and dancing!) reflected that of the 1800s and supported the emotions and atmosphere within each scene.
The set and costumes (both designed by the talented Neil Irish) stayed true to the time-period, allowing the audience to be absorbed into the 1840’s and really feel as though they were living within the story. The ‘Scrooge and Marley’ clock dominated the stage, and allowed the audience to keep track of Scrooge’s confusion as the spirits kept changing the time.
The revolving stage and use of multi-functioning props, such as a sheet being used as a table cloth and then to resemble a baby, proved to be effective in performing seamless scene transitions and helping the story to move forward as smoothly as possible.
The show was finished off with a lovely rendition of We Wish You a Merry Christmas, to send the audience off feeling full of Christmas spirit!
But did Scrooge ever see the error in his ways? You’ll have to see the show to find out!