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A Christmas Carol
By Iain Bell and Simon Callow

December 2015
Director: Polly Graham
Conductor: James Southall
Lighting Design: Ceri James
Venue: The Weston Studio, Wales Millenium Centre

Production photos by Robert Workman HERE


Based on Charles Dickens' novel, Iain Bell’s one-man opera evokes Dickens’ staged readings, where he would have breathed life into every character himself. With this production, Polly and I developed the sole performer as a cross between Dickens and scrooge; a grumpy and timeless clown/narrator who has been staging the tale for centuries. Visually, I wanted to evoke a very classic Dickensian Christmas with trees and lights, but an edge of macabre with a memento mori of skulls on the tree and the blackness surrounding the space.

A one-man opera version of Dickens' A Christmas Carol; composition by Iain Bell and libretto by Simon Callow. Designed for the Westion studio with intent to create a more intimate space with elements of victoriana and modern panto/satire.

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