A Christmas Carol
Brisbane audiences are in for a Christmas treat this year with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from December 7–20.
shake & stir theatre co, renowned for their innovative adaptations of popular fiction, is bringing the world premiere of this nostalgic Christmas story to Brisbane following recent page to stage co-productions with QPAC including George’s Marvellous Medicine and Dracula.
Directed by award-winning Michael Futcher and adapted for stage by co-Artistic Director for shake & stir theatre co Nelle Lee, audiences can expect a sumptuous and surprising reimagining of Dickens’ classic story of compassion, forgiveness and redemption.
The tale begins on a cold and gloomy Christmas Eve. Ebenezer Scrooge is spending his evening hunched over his coals, counting his fortune and cursing the happiness of others. After a ghostly night of unexpected visitors, each with an important lesson for Scrooge direct from the grave, Scrooge awakens on Christmas Day with a whole new outlook on life.
Acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder will star as Scrooge alongside a stellar cast including Ross Balbuziente, Salliana Campbell, Arnijka Larcombe-Weate, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets and Nick Skubij.
Hailed as one of Dickens’ most popular pieces of fiction, the book and its timeless reminder to honour the spirit of Christmas and remember those less fortunate are as relevant today as in 1843 when Dickens put pen to paper.
Featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, lavish costumes and of course, snow, A Christmas Carol will be a visual feast with set design by Josh McIntosh and video design by Craig Wilkinson. The production will also include a new atmospheric composition from composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Salliana Campbell (The Switch, Shotgun Shirleys).