I enjoyed a very entertaining evening yesterday when I went to watch A Christmas Carol by the Chandler’s Ford MDG Players. It was held in the Dovetail Centre of the Methodist Church, and this venue facilitated an intimate theatre experience.
The production followed Charles Dickens’ famous story using acting, narration, carol singing and audience participation for the sound effects, which was great fun! The play was brilliantly adapted by James Reynard.
The set, costumes and lighting were simple but effective, as we were transported from Scrooge’s counting office to London streets, Bob Cratchett’s poverty stricken home and through history with the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Lester Parry: commanding performance as Scrooge
Lester Parry gave a commanding performance as Scrooge, taking us through the range of emotions Scrooge experiences during his transition from miser to bringer of Christmas cheer. Tiny Tim, played by James Greenham, won everybody’s heart!
The four narrators took the story forward between scenes with ease and expression, as well as prompting ‘clanking chains’, ‘ghostly wails’ ‘bells’ and ‘Christmas cheer’ sound effects from the audience as appropriate.
I had been told of the high standard of acting maintained by this group and I was not disappointed as each actor played his/her part really well. Mike Standing is to be congratulated on a super production.
During the interval, refreshments were provided very efficiently by members of the church house groups. I was impressed to find gluten-free mince pies on offer too!
I will keep my eye out for their next production – it is good to have the opportunity to attend quality entertainment without driving out of Chandler’s Ford.