Photos – Omnes Photography
Tis the season to be jolly, by golly, but instead of presenting a Santa spectacular, production company Lies, Lies and Propaganda has settled on an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol by Melissa Lee Speyer. Speyer's entry in the programme notes states that “her practice is divided between traditional text based, writer driven plays and experimental, collaboratively devised work”. A Christmas Carol presents as an amalgam of that practice.
A cast of seven use text, movement, and song to re imagine and topsy turvy Dickens' enduring story of avarice under attack, complete with geographical anomaly and anachronism amok.
Bobbie-Jean Henning gives us a leonine pony tailed Scrooge in black top hat and posh Brit accent with a back story of brickbat boarding school in the Antipodes. Michael Yore delights as a spirit of Christmas past, cataloguing Scrooge's annals to miserly misery by way of a Play School presentation, an inspired piece of goofy that carries the guilt of greed with gilt edged sharpness. Bishanyia Vincent creates a number of vivid characterisations, especially as the hot and bothered Mrs. Cratchit and the turkey tackling barrow boy. Asalm Abdus-samad gives us a nicely arch vile queen of Christmas Present and Monica Sayers gives our neck hairs a prescient prickle as Bob Cratchit. Dymphna Carew and Jacqueline Marriott infuse various characters with the requisite energy to keep the narrative flowing through the various transitions.
The song, You've Fucked Up Your Life, is given the joyous choral rendering of street corner carollers and the dream of a white Christmas becomes a nightmare as snow is replaced by the ash of a nuclear winter. “Toffy Lefty Wankery” is a term ejaculated more than once in the play, and the show skirts the perimeters of that pejorative, giving us an entertaining Christmas Present, and a thought provoking Christmas Future.
As with Dickens, Tiny Tim has the last words:
A Merry Christmas to us all, God bless us, every one.
Lies, Lies and Propaganda’s in association with bAKEHOUSE Theatre Co. presents
A Christmas Carol
adapted by Melissa Lee Speyer
Director Michael Dean
Venue: Kings Cross Theatre | Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244-248 William St, Kings Cross NSW
Dates: 12 – 24 December 2017
Tickets: $35 – $30