Woolpit Drama Club presents A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Thursday 9th, Friday 10th & Saturday 11th December at 7.30pm

Scrooge (David Cordon) watches in horror as scavengers pick over the belongings of a dead man – himself. (L to R Joyce Coleman, Robert Cook and Val Mayhew)

Once again the Woolpit Drama Club gave a masterly performance, one of which Charles Dickens himself would have been proud

With minimal scenery, enabling fast and furious scene changes and quick movement between each scene, I found I was not only enjoying the performance but also the deft and mid-boggling movement of all the props

The story was well narrated by several ‘story tellers’ and this added to the pace of the whole thing. All the ‘famous’ lines were in the play and we were treated to a very forlorn Jacob Marley weighed down as he was with the chains and weights of his sins. The three ghosts were excellently portrayed and I loved the hand of Christmas yet to come (all you saw of her) which was perfect for the part

The whole story is brought together by the part of Scrooge which is masterfully played by David Cordon who made me suffer for and with him whilst he saw the misery around him that he had previously managed to close his eyes to. Just as much I wanted to dance a merry jig with him when he found happiness once more

As you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed this play and I am sure much credit must go to Lesley Pearson (loved her as George in The Killing of Sister George) as she also produced this adaptation of the story as well as directed it

If for some reason (but there is no excuse good enough really) you don’t get the chance to see A Christmas Carol, then may I recommend you make a point of going to see something by the Woolpit Drama Club as they always produce work of excellence and this is just one more feather in their very full cap

Rex Mounfield
December 2010

(taken from by permission http://www.onesuffolk.co.uk/)

A Christmas Carol, Woolpit Drama Club

This new adaptation of the familiar story, written by director Lesley Pearson, gave full value to the macabre horror of Scrooge’s predicament, opening with Marley’s coffin being carried in through the darkened auditorium and showing the powerful, sneering Scrooge (David Cordon) reduced to gibbering terror at his own graveside as the faceless figure of Christmas Yet to Come towered over him in a swirling mist of theatrical fog.

Mercifully, we all know that redemption and a second chance are to follow, as Christmas Day dawns bright and clear, and Scrooge is transformed from a ‘covetous old sinner’ into a joyful, kind-hearted man.

A powerful central performance by David Cordon was supported by a host of other characters, including Bob Cratchit – a wonderfully comic performance by David Cook, Marley’s Ghost – feelingly portrayed by Tim Lodge, bearing the weight of all-too-solid chains, and Scrooge’s nephew Fred – a determinedly jovial Mark Robinson. Vivien James and Maria Parslow romped through the guessing game at Fred’s Christmas party, resplendent in bright satin ballgowns.

George Matthews and Larissa Davey touchingly portrayed the young Scrooge and his sister Flo. A host of other children and young people also contributed surprisingly mature performances, and a charming dance routine at Mr Fezziwig’s Christmas party.

An enormous mock turkey caused great hilarity, almost deserving a curtain call in its own right!

This was a solid ensemble piece, with the large cast all working together to ensure the smooth running of the action, dialogue and scene changes. God bless them, every one!