Photo credit: Alan Fletcher
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a classical tale written in Victorian England and known by many for its theme of Yuletide cheer.
Until 29 December Lakeside Arts have their own adaptation of the timeless story which was written especially for Lakeside by Toby Hulse, and directed by Martin Berry. We were thrilled to be invited along to watch it.
The boys at 4 and 7 did not know the story of Ebenezzer Scrooge et al so before going we talked about what it was about. They were really looking forward to it as since Halloween we have started telling ghost stories in the dark before bed and are massive fans of Scooby Doo, so any story with ghosts is a winner.
The adaptation sees siblings Vicky and Andrew and friend James holed up in their Auntie Val’s cottage on a cold Christmas eve. The set is of a very cosy, festive living room with french windows out onto a snowy garden. There is no Auntie Val to greet them and when they switch the Christmas tree lights on the cottage is plunged into darkness, possibly due to a power failure. The trio therefore need to make their own amusement which grumpy Andrew is not amused by. Vicky and James launch into a reenactment of A Christmas Carol with Andrew cast as Scrooge.
Photo credit: Alan Fletcher
The show runs for around about one hour and I really didn’t want it to end. The acting is, as in all Lakeside shows I have seen, very high quality. From a cast of three the energy on the stage is awesome and the result is a truly magical performance. This is all complimented by brilliant special effects by Barret Hodgson, particularly an amazing trip around the world to see Christmas across the globe (reminded me of The Snowman but better), fantastic use of props and music that makes your heart sing from the very talented Julian Butler.
We were all completely spellbound throughout and even Noah at 4 didn’t have a little wriggle which is unheard of!
For me it was another reminder of what Christmas is all about; having fun with family and friends, reflecting on those less fortunate and taking time to believe in the magic.
If you still aren’t convinced that this is the must see show of the season in Nottingham, check out this video with some of the highlights.
A few days earlier we had stopped off at Nuthall Lights, a residential family home in Nottingham which opens its Christmas light festooned garden up each year for passers by to walk around, sit in the sleigh and take photos with donations to charity (Haywood House Cancer Trust) appreciated.
For me the Lakeside performance linked in with this as it was just a gentle reminder to take the time in our busy lives so caught up with material possessions and remember what life, especially at Christmastime, is all really about.
Disclosure: We were given four complimentary tickets for the performance but all views and opinions expressed in this post are our own and unbiased.