A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
adapted by Sir John Mortimer

13th-15th December 2007
Drill Hall, Lincoln

To round off an ambitious and very successul 2007 we staged Sir John Mortimer’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ to warm the cockles of our audience just before the festive season.

In choosing this play we expected to attract big audiences to the Lincoln Drill Hall but at the same time we also knew that a lot of hard work was in order: our production featured a cast of 20, almost all of whom doubled parts and some of whom ended up playing four different characters during the course of the action.

‘A Christmas Carol’ was not without its problems: our original director bailed out halfway through the rehearsal run and our ghost of Jacob Marley unaccountably pulled out 48 hours before curtain went up on the first night. But as is usually the way in the theatre everything turned out all right in the end, thanks to a phenomenal amount of hard work by the new director and assistant director, David Lintin and Su Toogood, and many others.

Most people think they know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge like the back of their hand so it was interesting to perform Mortimer’s faithful adaptation of the original novel, much of which is semi-autobiographical and which sheds light on how Scrooge turned from a lonely little boy into an embittered old skinflint in the first place.

Just like ‘Pygmalion’ before it, ‘A Christmas Carol’ broke audience records for Common Ground Theatre Company – the play was seen by 672 people over three nights and thankfully, in view of our perilous financial position a year earlier, the production made another reasonable profit.

Ebenezer Scrooge Mark Scales
Chorus Su Toogood, Dave Lintin, Samantha Berry
Bob Cratchit Jez Ashberry
Fred, Scrooge’s nephew Luke Niemiec
Portly gentlemen Chris Matthews, Ian Smith
The Ghost of Jacob Marley Jez Ashberry
The Spirit of Christmas Past Bob Shirley
Farm folk John Davy, Jenny Davidson, Chris Matthews, Luke Niemiec
Young Scrooge Jamie Lloyd
Headmaster Gary Burdeau
Fan, Scrooge’s sister Jennifer Wallhead
Singer Karen Ryan
Mr Fezziwig Ian Smith
Dick Wilkins Luke Niemiec
Mrs Fezziwig Eileen Finningley
Belle Jenny Davidson
The Spirit of Christmas Present Ian Smith
Peter Cratchit Jamie Lloyd
Mrs Cratchit Vicky Ashberry
Martha Cratchit Jenny Davidson
Belinda Cratchit Amy Colley
Youngest Cratchit Emily Ashberry
Tiny Tim Cratchit Alex Ashberry
Fred’s wife Jennifer Wallhead
Topper Chris Matthews
Miss Rosie Samantha Berry
The Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come Karen Ryan
Important Business Men Chris Matthews, Gary Burdeau
Old Joe Bob Shirley
Charwoman Su Toogood
Mrs Dilber Eileen Finningley
Undertaker’s man John Davy
Boy on Christmas morning Amy Colley
Fred’s maid Kerry Shepherd
Director David Lintin
Assistant Director Su Toogood
Musical Director Mark Scales
Original music composed by Mark Scales
Stage Manager Liam Berry
Crew and properties Carolyn Jones, Sharon Blackburn, Steve Owen
Wardrobe  Carolyn Jones, Su Toogood, Pam Whalley
Lighting design and technician Ed Purle, Adam Howlett
Sound Mark Scales, Sophi Thorpe
Make-up Sharon Blackburn
Sound effects Mark Scales
Set David Lintin
Photography Olan Mills Photography
Front of house manager Charles Newby
Poster design Jez Ashberry, Nick Whyatt
Publicity Jez Ashberry
Programme Jez Ashberry, Su Toogood