A Christmas Carol

Isango’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol , the most enduring of all ghost stories enjoyed a sell out season at Londons Young Vic following its premiere at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. This time Scrooge is a woman, the setting is today’s South Africa. These are exciting times with the rise of a new economic class. Others face harsh poverty while Scrooge is rich and successful, but she lives a lonely, loveless life. Three Ancestral Spirits come to visit. By the end she understands it is never too late to learn from the past, to change and live a meaningful and happy life. Together with The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo this production won the Whatsonstage Theatregoers Choice Award for Best Off-West end production.


 
‘From the bravura start, when we are transported into the clanging bowels of a mine, to the astonishing reworking of Scrooge into a mean businesswoman …this provocative repositioning of the Dickens classic into a meditation on the problems are breathtaking.’

The New Statesman


 
‘Thrillingly, heart-burstingly alive’

Ian Shuttleworth, Financial Times


 
‘Mark Dornford-May’s stunning adaptation’

Michael Bilington, The Guardian


 
‘…this update brilliantly reinvests Dickens’s message about sorely needed charity with a powerful immediacy. The African singing…is joyous…wonderful.’

The Independent on Sunday


 
‘enchantingly fresh…vibrant, elating production…piercingly sad…beautiful, dignified and humanely amusing performances…Scrooge’s journey towards enlightened generosity is here lent to a new lease of urgent life…Yuletide triumph’

The Independent UK


 
‘adds another layer of meaning and understanding to Dickens’ original…quite disturbing in its ferocity…amazing…brilliant’


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