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

 

 

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.

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.