Synopses & Reviews
This is the first play adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel from an award-winning playwright who remains close to the original text but significantly updates the humor and fleshes out in spoken dialogue many of the important character passages from the book. This adaptation is not the stuffy stereotype of Victorian England but is unconventionally humorous, gritty and not at all tame in confronting poverty, greed and issues of unfairness in society: themes that will strikingly resonate with modern audiences.
This adaptation and the large size of the cast make it the perfect edition for the thousands of school performances which are held across the country each year during the holiday season. Unique to this adaptation, playwright Gary Own fills in the missing details in Scrooges background to explain his miserliness: how he was sent to a workhouse as a boy, starved, beaten and nearly worked to death. The Constable character from the workhouse then haunts Scrooge and appears every time he chooses money over humanity.
“An impressive adaptation for our times… This is a rousing family show, with belly laughs and cheering songs, yet it also presents the dark side of Dickens's tale with tremendous boldness…There are lots of contemporary references and echoes…but the production, which is boisterous and thoughtful in equal measure, retains a Victorian sternness….Hugely likable show is confident enough to work with that, and meld it with our world.”—The Guardian
About the Author
Gary Owen is a playwright who has won the George Devine and Meyer Whitworth Award for his play The Shadow of a Boy and The Pearson Best Play Award for The Drowned World. Gary is working on an original series called The Fabulous Baker Boys which he is co-writing with Helen Raynor and is under commission for the National Theatre of Scotland.