Touring Theatre Treat

christmas-carol-derbyshire-timesDerbyshire Times Published Date: 22 December 2009
‘Touring theatre treat

Barlborough Village Hall was packed for a powerful adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Staged by the Strangeface Theatre Company, the performance included a combination of eccentric masks, wild puppets and live music designed to chill the spine and warm the heart. The show was organised by Barlborough Civic Trust through the Live and Local Network. ”It was a magnificent evening and everyone had a wonderful time,” said parish council chairman John Shaw. ”The village hall was packed and it was a fantastic way for people to come together and celebrate Christmas.  ”The backstage tour was very popular and the children in particular enjoyed trying on the masks and talking to the actors.”

Russell Dean, artistic director of Strangeface Theatre Company, said: ”A Christmas Carol has had an overwhelming response, not least thanks to the hard work of the committed volunteers we met in Barlborough.  ”The Arts Council’s rural touring initiative, which makes shows like this possible, is really an alternative national theatre, providing quality theatre for all wherever they may live at an affordable price. Pictured are some of the children in masks with Harvey Tingle holding the pig’s head and Luke Fishleigh on the right.’

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