A Christmas Carol - A Mayflower Made production

The most festive tale of all to see on stage and screen has to be A Christmas Carol. The story of Scrooge's redemption as he is met by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to see what his life has been and could be like. With so many versions of the show it's a breath of fresh air to see a version that is not only fun but accessible for all ages. 

Mayflower Theatre do amazing community based projects, and their Mayflower Made youth productions are nothing but brilliant. With casts solely comprising of young actors, A Christmas Carol is their latest festive offering. After all, Charles Dickens was only born just down the road from the theatre so it's a brilliant tribute to get audiences in the Christmas spirit. 

Set somewhat in the future, you are introduced to Ben. A cynical teenager who thinks that Scrooge is the anti-hero that should be heralded. Whilst exploring the Dickens Experience, he is met by the Guide, an eager young girl who is desperate to show Ben the true story of Scrooge and how his selfish ways aren't too dissimilar to Ben's own attitudes in the present day. What follows is a retelling of the story that Ben and the Guide explore showing the story woven with a modern day soundtrack to a cast of over 50 youngsters. 

I adore Mayflower Made productions and it's a testament to the hard work of each of these young people to know that most are juggling learning, exams, and their teenage lives amongst endless rehearsals, preparation and training to make this show nothing short of professional. With staging that is staggeringly beautiful, and costumes that have stepped right out of a Dickens novel, you often forget you are watching some talented teens rather than stage veterans. 

Whilst the whole cast were an immensely talented bunch, some highlights were Alex Lockhart as Ebenezer Scrooge, who's performance was haunting and commanding. His take on the main role was definitely powerful. I also loved Amelia Ockwell's performance as the Guide, she led the story and had a brilliant singing voice that helped weave this story together. It's clear to see how much these young cast members enjoy their time with Mayflower Made as they sing and dance with smiles on their faces throughout. 

A Christmas Carol is a brilliant way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit. Whilst I can say I was firmly in the bah humbug camp before seeing the show, I can safely say I've got the Christmas cheer in me after this and I might not be so Scrooge like after all. Not only did I have the festive feeling, but every audience member young and old seemed to as well. This show is a reimagined festive retelling of a wonderful Christmas story. Bravo to the cast, crew, and everyone else involved. Kids, you've made another winner!

On until 31st December 2023, A Christmas Carol is selling quickly and tickets can be booked here: https://www.mayflowerstudios.org.uk/what-s-on/a-christmas-carol-2023/

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