Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, dramatised by John Mortimer
Cast & Crew
Ebenezer Scrooge Leslie Necus
Bob Cratchit Chris Eves (Tim Page on Saturday)
Fred Michael Street
Two Portly Gentlemen Owen Warr, Charles Bond
Ghost of Jacob Marley Richard Walker
Spirit of Christmas Past Bob Godfrey
Child Scrooge Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
Young Scrooge Matthew Fell
Headmaster Deryck Rogers
Fan Carmen Simoni
Mr Fezziwig Rob Kendall
Dick Wilkins Kevin Pinks
Mrs Fezziwig Patricia Coleman
The Misses Fezziwig Sarah Chrispin, Laura Hemming, Lisa Neophitou
Suitor Michael Street
Housemaid Liz Clarke
Baker Deryck Rogers
Cook Pauline Sawford
Milkman Charles Bond
Girl next door Carmen Simoni
Apprentice boy William Morgan
Fiddler Scott Dlundell
Belle Sarah Chrispin
Her daughter Lisa Neophitou
Her grandchildren Olivia Galliano, Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
Her husband Deryck Rogers
Spirit of Christmas Present David Chappell
Mrs Cratchit Liz Clarke
Peter Cratchit William Morgan
Martha Cratchit Lisa Neophitou
Berlinda Cratchit Carmen Simoni
Tiny Tim Nicos Christodoulou or Nic Munday
First Little Cratchit Elliott Bannister
Second Little Cratchit Olivia Galliano
Fred’s wife Laura Hemming
Miss Rosie Pauline Sawford
Mr Topper Kevin Pinks
Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come David Dunkley
Businessmen Charles Bond, Bob Godfrey, Richard Walker, Deryck Rogers
Old Joe Deryck Rogers
Charwoman Patricia Coleman
Mrs Dilber Laura Hemming
Undertaker Rob Kendall
Boy William Morgan
Poulterer’s Man Rob Kendall
Maid Carmen Simoni
All other parts played by members of the company
Director Ursula Wright
Musical Director Liz Clarke
Choreographer Jo Nutt
Lighting Design Phil Barker, Richard Walker
Costume Co-ordinator Wendy Dunkley
Properties Greta Hendy
Construction David Dunkley, Rob Kendall
Assistant Stage Managers Rebecca Willis, Tim Page
Lighting Desk Liam O’Leary
Costumes The Works, Dorothy Granger, Pam Manning, Alison Dunmore, Wendy Dunkley
Dressers Odette Townsend, Sheila Morgan
Box Office Mary Greaves
Front of House Manager Mary Greaves
Publicity and Poster Design Jo Nutt
Photography John Hendy
Les Necus as Scrooge. Photo by John Hendy
Production No. 338
Ursula Wright, director
Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, when he was 31 years old and already a popular and successful novelist, with The Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby and The Old Curiosity Shop published in serialised form.
His early training as a reporter and joumalist had given him a passionate ‘interest in the social conditions of his time, and in particular the plight of the urban poor who lived in the squalid slums of London.
In the summer of that year he visited a "ragged school" in Field Lane, and wrote "I have seldom seen, in all the strange and dreadful things I have seen in London and elsewhere, anything so shocking as the dire neglect of body and soul exhibited in these children.
Three weeks later he made a speech in which he claimed that "ignorance itself was the most proliﬁc parent of misery and crime" and urged that employers and the employed should come together to share a mutual duty and responsibility.
The themes of the common good (voiced by Scrooge's nephew in the ﬁrst scene) and the family virtues of harmony and affection, run through the story.
It also contains many elements which relate directly to Dickens‘ personal life: his unhappiness as a child when his parents were sent to a debtors‘ prison, his own mounting debts and family commitments, the death of his beloved sister-in-law Mary Hogarth in 1837 and the increasing strain of the relationship with his wife Kate, which was to end in scandal and divorce in 1857.
Some critics have seen in the character of Scrooge echoes of Dickens‘ own struggle to ﬁnd happiness and a meaningful place in the social and literary life of his time.
YOUR CHANCE TO CATCH SCROOGE
Northampton Herald & Post, 2 December 2004
A Christmas Carol is this year’s seasonal offering from Masque Theatre.
Charles Dickens’ famous story about the transformation of embittered skinﬂint Ebenezer Scrooge into a warm and kindly benefactor has been frequently adapted for stage, ﬁlm and television and Masque have chosen playwright John Mortimer’s version because they feel it retains so much of Dickens’ language and his host of memorable characters.
There are more than 50 named roles played by a cast of 25 who also act as storytellers, commentators and memorable characters.
The haunting atmosphere is the 900-year-old Crusader Round of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Sheep Street, where the production is being staged, is the perfect setting for the Ghosts of Jacob Marley, Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come, to guide Scrooge through a journey towards personal redemption and a happy ending.
14 - 18 December 2004 at 7.30pm and Sat 18 at 2.30pm
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton
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