Queensland

Charles Dickens’ classic comes to QPAC

Brisbane audiences are in for a Christmas treat in 2018 with a brand new theatre production of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol coming to the Playhouse at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 7 to 16 December 2018.

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.

Ms Lee said she was delighted to be bringing such an iconic Christmas story to the stage in December 2018.

“Throughout the world, theatre productions of A Christmas Carol are brought to life at Christmas time – we are excited to give Brisbane audiences the opportunity to enjoy this tradition at the Playhouse QPAC in December 2018,” Ms Lee said.

“Audiences will enjoy the transformation of Scrooge from a greedy, selfish humbug to someone who truly understands and upholds the Christmas spirit.”

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).

QPAC is passionate about the success of Queensland artists and companies and has been working with shake & stir theatre co to develop new works for eight years. A Christmas Carol will mean yet another great new work is developed in Queensland with local artists and will attract new audiences to the theatre.

Book now to guarantee the best seats for this Christmas classic at QPAC. Suitable for ages eight and over.

Source: QPAC

Featured Image: A Christmas Carol. Eugene Gilfedder starring as Scrooge. Photo credit: Dylan Evans