ONE OF the greatest stories ever written about Christmas, and also one of the most influential, reinterpreted, and best loved, is Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a new production of which will be staged in Galway.
Mention Christmas and Ebenezer Scrooge - miser, misanthrope, and bad employer - will reply, 'Bah! Humbug!" Then, on Christmas Eve, three ghosts visit him and put him face to face with his life choices and their outcomes for him, and for others. Is it too late for Scrooge to change?
Dickens' 1843 novella has been adapted for the stage by Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs and will be performed as a family show in The Mick Lally Theatre, Druid Lane, on Thursday December 7 at 12 noon, Friday 8 (10am and 12 noon ), and Saturday 9 (11am and 1pm ). Monaghan, a longstanding member of the Druid Ensemble, and Burroughs, a director and teacher at The Lir in Dublin, will re-tell the story using only physical and vocal skill, colourful hats, many scarves, fairy lights, and an IKEA coat rack.
The show is suitabel for ages +7. Tickets are €9 from www.druid.ie Spaces are limited and early booking is advised. The Thursday and Friday performances are school shows so there will be limited capacity for the public.