Twisted Dickens

Farmer Scrooge's Christmas Carol
Farmer Scrooge's Christmas Carol

A much lauded theatre company will be presenting a Yorkshire comedy slant on one of the most beloved Christmas tales.

The Badapple Theatre Company based in Yorkshire is coming to Staverton Village Hall as part of a UK tour of Farmer Scrooge’s Christmas Carol next month.

It is a twist on the much loved Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol.

Writer Kate Bramley and her itinerant band of actors will be performing the show.

It tells the story about the blustering, skinflint farmer Ebeneezer Scrooge who gets his comeuppance as Mrs. Cratchitt helps him see the error of his penny-pinching ways.

Full of local stories, carols and mayhem, Badapple Theatre’s latest production continues its tradition of telling great stories in original and inventive ways.

Farmer Scrooge’s Christmas Carol blends puppetry, music and theatre in a new adaptation for all the family, best suited to ages 5 to 95.

“It’s Ebeneezer Scrooge as you’ve never seen him before!” says Kate Bramley.

“The story is set against the backdrop of 1950’s austerity so this production has an added resonance for us today - although I hope it still manages to raise a good chuckle!”

SONY award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe provides original songs, plus there will be a whacking great dose of seasonal bonhomie to make this the winter warmer to put a smile on everyone’s face this Christmas.

Taking the title role in the show is Robert Angell who has recently appeared in the BBC drama series Waterloo Road as well as appeared in a theatrical version of The Railway Children at the York Theatre Royal. Rachael Henley. who was one of the actors in the Chronicles of Narnia films, stars alongside Robert.

Thjere will be Original songs and music written by SONY award-winning singer songwriter Jez Lowe, nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year.

The show comes to Staverton Village Hall courtesy of Northants Touring Arts, an organisation which aims to bring top quality entertainment to rural areas.

The performance at Staverton Village Hall takes place on Sunday December 6 starting at 4pm.

Organisers have recommended that people book tickets in advance.

Tickets for the show cost £8.50 for adults and £6.50 for children and £27 for a family ticket of two adults and two children.

These can be booked by calling the box office on 01327 871880.

For further information about the show and to find out about other dates on the tour visit www.badappletheatre.com.

To find out more about Northants Touring Arts and future events visit www.northantstouringarts.co.uk.