A Christmas Carol – The Charles Dickens Festive Classic

Downstairs at the Maj

Perth Theatre

 

A Christmas Carol – The Charles Dickens Festive Classic

This celebrated classic is brought to life in this utterly delightful one man show!

 

What the Dickens?

Christmas in our house is usually a time of family, friends, festivities, Christmas flicks and feasts. On repeat. Especially when it comes to feasting and not just of the food variety but also experiences that feed the soul. For me, Christmas is a great time to remember the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future. A time to hit the pause button, step under the mistletoe and find a little magic.

I generally love Christmas as much as the next person but this year, for one reason or another, I’ve been struggling to find my Christmas spirit with my inner Scrooge threatening to take over and put a damper on proceedings.

After looking for my Christmas spirit in all the wrong places (which loosely translates as retail therapy), I took some time out for a bit of escapism with a rather fitting matinee show at Downstairs at the Maj, A Christmas Carol – The Charles Dickens Festive Classic.

 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a novella rich in metaphors written by Charles Dickens and first published in the Christmas of 1843.

Set on Christmas Eve, when cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner Jacob Marley, heralding that three spirits will come to haunt him. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future project the errors of Scrooge’s past and present and how they could lead to a calamitous end. The ghosts remind Scrooge of his optimistic childhood and his rotten relationships with relatives and colleagues alike. He witnesses the struggles of his clerk Bob Cratchit and family, particularly Bob’s son, the weak but optimistic Tiny Tim. Inevitably, the Ghost of Christmas Future echoes how his frightful behaviour will lead to loneliness and despair.

This cleverly executed adaptation by Robbie Burns from Cluedunnit has whittled what could have been a solid 6 hour stint to an impressive 70 minutes. It’s the perfect introduction (or reintroduction as the case may be) to this much loved festive classic.

The fact this is a one man show and that man, Burns, doesn’t skip a beat as he skips between a multitude of characters, without so much as a costume change, is as impressive as it is captivating. Burns delivers a mesmerizing performance that lights a candle to the frailties we face, particularly at this time of year when the milk of human kindness can often be in short supply.

 

A Festive Feast

It’s a weird and highly wired time of year to be taking time out during the day for a bit of escapism at the theatre. Christmas to-do lists are mounting and holidays for most are still a little way off being just around the corner. Which is why, even with a short 3 day (6 show) run, it didn’t come as a surprise that it wasn’t a sold out show this morning. Having now come out the other side more than impressed, this incredible 4.5 star production truly deserves a full house and I wonder if an evening time slot or a date closer to Christmas might help achieve this. Although I do believe a couple of the final shows are close to selling out.

It’s safe to say, I found the pause button as well as the spirit of Christmas with A Christmas Carol this morning. This illuminating one man show is a festive feast that will have you dreaming of Christmas dinner and wishing for a white Christmas. A natural storyteller and consummate performer Burns won’t leave you disappointed. I particularly loved that Burns took the time to sit with the audience and take questions directly after the show.

I could easily see myself fronting up for seconds and I’d love to see this return for Christmas in July with a more immersive element that would include a Christmas menu and the audience dressing the part. Even better would be a performance in London Court with snow falling. As it currently stands Downstairs at the Maj brings the perfect ambience as well as a Christmas chill factor (bring a jacket) to proceedings.

 

A Christmas Carol – The Charles Dickens Festive Classic

Downstairs at the Maj, His Majesty’s Theatre
December 2, 3 & 4
Two shows daily – 11 am & 2 pm

Tickets available HERE

 

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