A dark twist on festive classic

ONE MAN SHOW: James Hyland in A Christmas Carol

ONE MAN SHOW: James Hyland in A Christmas Carol

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AWARD-winning one-man show, A Christmas Carol - As Told By Jacob Marley (Deceased), comes to the Ballakermeen Studio Theatre next month, as part of a tour in celebrations of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.

Adapted from the famous Dickens novel depicting the festive redemption of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the show’s star James Hyland is also the producer and director.

‘I’ve always loved A Christmas Carol, having read the novella repeatedly and watched many of its adaptations over the years,’ explained Hyland.

‘So I decided to create a one-man show version of the tale, but with a twist – telling the story from the point of view of Jacob Marley’s ghost. The objective was to raise the stakes and the poignancy of the drama by having it told by a character that was part of the story in the first instance, and therefore share his own personal and emotional response to the narrative; a character who is literally imprisoned by their own feelings of guilt and remorse and wants to use this chance to convey their message to an audience by haunting them with the telling of it.’

It has been a hit at the box office and with critics, having been hailed as ‘powerful theatre indeed’ by The York Press, and picking up Best Performer in Theatre in the Fringe Report Awards 2012, and a nomination for The London Theatre Award in the London Awards for Art and Performance 2012.

So how have the audiences responded to the production?

‘The audiences have all been very supportive; there have been some tremendous testimonials and the show has been universally praised by the press,’ said Hyland.

‘I think many people are surprised at how emotional and moving the production has made them feel, and also how funny it is in parts.’

The island performance is at 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 13.

Tickets are £10 (£5 concessions). Email talismann@manx.net

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