It was my Standard Six (Grade 8 in modern parlance) set work, and I settled down to read the required number of chapters of A Christmas Carol as homework (I didn’t normally do homework, but I liked reading). I finished the book a few short hours later. It was my first Charles Dickens book, but I was already hooked. I’ve had a soft spot for the work ever since, which is fortunate, because it is regularly revived.
This year one can see Elizma Badenhorst’s adaptation for VR Theatrical at The Studio Theatre, Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, again (It was a hit last year). Directed by Elizma Badenhorst with a soundscape by Wessel Odendaal and animation by Naret Loots, this is a charming production.
Jason K Ralph portrays Ebenezer Scrooge with Naret Loots playing everyone else, often with puppets, as the transformation of Scrooge from mean and miserly to generous and great takes place after the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas future have done their work.
I missed the play last year (regular readers will know my health woes of 2017) and I was delighted to catch it this year. It really is very entertaining, even though Scrooge was eager to learn his lessons from the Christmas Spirits, rather than reluctant, even terrified, as in the book.
Take note of the fact that this book is not a set work until children reach high school. The play adaptation is unlikely to entrance younger children, but it will thrill the young person inside the crabbiest of adults.
A Christmas Carol can be seen until 6 January 2019.