Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde have created a free online family show for London’s Polka Theatre based on the classic story of A Christmas Carol.
Polka Theatre is to stream an imaginative and funny re-telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for children in December.
The 15-minute online show has been created by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde, the team behind the viral lockdown hit I Want My Hat Back, and features an original folk-style score.
It will be available exclusively from 19 December for anyone who signs up to the Polka newsletter at www.polkatheatre.com from now until Christmas. It is suitable for ages four and upwards.
In the film, Nicholson will play the Storyteller, using his Cardboard Cabinet of Curiosities to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the true meaning of Christmas, complete with festive ghosts.
VocalEyes will bring the production to life for blind and visually impaired people through an accompanying audio description. Sound design, music and video editing are by Jim Whitcher.
Wilde, who is the designer, said: “The show is almost entirely recycled and recyclable, mostly made from cardboard but also materials from the huge waste generated over the Christmas period – wrapping paper, fairy lights, ribbons, bows, bubble wrap and baubles. Hopefully, it will provide people with inspiration for reusing all that Christmas rubbish!
“We’ll travel through cardboard city streets, meet the origami ghost of Christmas Past, the wrapping paper ghost of Christmas Present and Ghost of Christmas Future – with a touch of tinsel.”
Polka Theatre in Wimbledon in south London temporarily closed for a major redevelopment in February 2019 and will reopen in spring 2021. In the meantime, it continues to offer activities to schools, community groups and the public.
Polka Online is helping to keep children creative during the lockdown, with a range of live, recorded and downloadable activities for children. A Christmas Carol is supported by Arts Council England.