"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Monday, December 24, 2012
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Productions in All Saints' Hall Springfield
great philanthropist and social campaigner would be delighted to hear
his best Christmas story performed to raise funds for Great Ormond
revival by Pica Productions of Jim Crozier's adaptation travelled to
three Chelmsford villages just before the holidays, a timely reminder
of some of the real truths of the festive season.
not a dramatization, but the narration, and the dialogue, is
creatively shared between the seven actors, with a refreshing variety
of voices. Not unlike Dylan Thomas's Play for Voices, Under Milk
the "grasping old sinner" at the centre of the story, was
Richard Baylis, who sensitively suggested the waggish human being
behind the Bah Humbug, and was moving in his change of heart.
himself, as well as a narrator, was a finely characterized Cratchit,
Greg Whitehead played young Scrooge and his nephew – his infectious
laughter a tour-de-force. Beth Crozier, Anna Jeary and Debbie Miles
covered Dickens'women, from Mrs Dilber to Fan and Belle. Many plum
roles, and plummiest voices, came from Roger Johnson – Marley,
Fezziwig, the schoolmaster and the portly gentleman.
enjoyed the famous moments, of course, the death of Tiny Tim was
superbly done, but it was a real pleasure to meet the whole Cratchit
clan, and to be reminded of the story of Ali Baba and Crusoe's