BWW Reviews: Charles Dicken Performs A CHRISTMAS CAROL
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by Tim Carney
The wafting sounds of Christmas Carols in the foyer pre performance set the tone for what was to be a beautiful performance by a wonderful craftsman. As Charles Dickens, Phil Zachariah takes us on a journey through four staves, three ghosts and protagonist Scrooge. Zachariah embodies and portays every charcater in the Dicken's masterpiece with acute precision both vocally and physically capturing the true essence of the piece. For 90 minutes it is one man alone on a bare stage telling a story and it is more than enough to hold our attention, make us laugh and empathise with one of the most recognisable characters in literature.
Director James Adler has expertely managed the transitions between phases in the story and between each stave, ensuring the story maintains its drive and keep its interest throughout. While Lucy Birkinshaw's Lighting design enhances moment after moment and is both subtle and enchanting.
While there are external elements enhancing the overall impact of the piece, it is Zachariah who is the true star of this show. It is a tour de force performance of nuance and precision, which if you can see, will fill your heart with all that embodies the christmas sprit.
Charles Dickins performs A Christmas Carol
Until Dec 9