Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Performance Information

‘A Shiver in the Dark’

Two chilling ghost stories by M. R. James (1862-1936)
'Oh, Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad’ and 'Rats'

Running time: 75 minutes Suitability: 12+

“Very Convincing.”

M.R. James is the acknowledged master of the Ghost story. With great good humour he builds up small, convincing and unsettling details before rushing headlong towards a pleasantly terrifying climax. A brilliant academic, James became Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University and later, Provost of Eton. He is also known for his vast and authoritative work as a medieval scholar. He only wrote some 30 Ghost stories, as entertainments to be read aloud to friends on Christmas Eve, but it is for these that he is now mainly remembered.

'Oh Whistle, and I’ll come to you, my lad’: At dusk on a deserted beach a solitary walker turns to look back. In the fading light he finds that he is not alone…

'Rats': Why is the door locked and the room unused? And what is that sound behind the door?

‘Mr Pickwick’s Christmas’ By Charles Dickens

Running time: 75 mins Suitability: 8+

“A delight.” Totally absorbing.”

Mr Pickwick, and his friends travel by stagecoach to enjoy an exuberant country Christmas at Dingley Dell. All the pleasures of a Dickensian Christmas; dancing, feasting, skating, and a ghost story, are brought vividly to life in this good humoured and energetic retelling. It depicts the delights of an age long past, the irrepressible humour of Sam Weller and the benevolence of Pickwick himself.
This show will appeal to all who love the festive season.

‘A Christmas Carol’ By Charles Dickens

Running time: 90 mins Suitability: 8+

“Held us all spell-bound.” “A wonderful performance.”

Scrooge, the old miser, is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to change his ways or suffer for eternity.
The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit Scrooge in succession and show him a series of visions, as he was, as he is now, and as he will be. The result of this is that Scrooge changes his life. It is a heart-warming story of powerful contrasts.
Taking his inspiration from the public readings of Dickens himself, Robert MacCall gives a costumed performance true to the original text.
It’s the perfect way to get into the spirit of Christmas.