With a distinctly Thriller-esque feel to it, complete with dancing zombies, this adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Melissa Lee Speyer is a great fusion of satire, music and social conscious that will leave you laughing as you leave the Cross and contemplate the meaning of Christmas. Speyer has written a fantastically quirky yet relevant and entertaining version of the Dickens classic that is a wonderful example of performance writing.
Scrooge (Bobbie-Jean Henning) is faced with the uncomfortable truths by the ghosts of past, present and future and that future is grim. The selfish old man has convinced only himself over the years that he should depend on no one, and vice versa, but when confronted with the knowledge that compassion for his fellow man does matter, he undergoes a swift change: turkey for everyone! (And this turkey will feed a cast of thousands).
The ensemble cast gave elegant and precisely executed performances, thanks to attention to detail from director Michael Dean. Bobbie-Jean Henning is stunning as Scrooge and other stand-outs include Michael Yore who plays multiple roles. As the Ghost of Christmas Past, Yore provides Scrooge with depressing insight and he is fiendishly funny (and more than a bit of a scene-stealer).
The show is a timely reminder that kindness and compassion do count for more than we realise, all presented in a stylish and slick production that gives Michael Jackson’s music video a run for its money. If you see only one more show before the year is out, make it this one, it is laugh out loud funny and still completely compelling.
A Christmas Carol is presented by Lies, Lies & Propaganda with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co and is on at the Kings Cross Theatre until 24 December, for more information and tickets see: http://www.kingsxtheatre.com/
Featuring: Aslam Abdus-samad, Dymphna Carew, Bobbie-Jean Henning, Jacqueline Marriott, Monica Sayers, Bishanyia Vincent and Michael Yore.
Creative/Tech Team: Michael Dean (director, set design), Melissa Lee Speyer (adaptation), Jasper Garner-Gore (assistant director), Miles Elkington (composer/music), Christopher Page (lighting design), Christine Ampaire, Kathryn Thomas (production assistants), Michael Yore (photographer), Loni Thompson (photograph poster and postcard design).
Rehearsal Partner: St John’s Darlinghurst
Turkey by Melssa Lee Speyer and Annie Wright. Above image by Omnes Photography.
Every night the cast or crew will be speaking about a charitable cause or organisation that they believe in, the following are causes that they will be raising much needed awareness and funds for:
Wear It Purple
Black Dog Institute
Women and Girls Emergency Centre
Cystic Fibrosis Federation
Alaskan Malamute Rehoming Aid Australia
Medicins Sans Frontieres
International Justice Mission
Asylum Seeker Resource Seeker