Year 10 and 11 students welcomed Manchester Actors Company into school last Friday to enjoy their performance of A Christmas Carol.
Manchester Actors Company tour a variety of theatre projects in schools and colleges. They have a reputation for innovative and energetic theatre performances.
The performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol lasted 60 minutes, and was followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. This was a concise version of the text, concentrating on key scenes, speeches and incidents.
The play is the story of bitter old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his spiritual transformation into a kinder man after visitations by four ghosts on Christmas Eve.
“Scrooge himself is the embodiment of winter and, just as winter is followed by spring and the renewal of life, so too Scrooge’s cold, pinched heart is ultimately restored to the innocent goodwill he had known in his childhood and youth and had since forgotten, as life had fallen upon him and snuffed out the goodness in him.”
This was an excellent opportunity for students to see a key GCSE texts brought to life via the stage. The play captured the drama of the text, and really brought the story and characters to life.
During the 30-minute Q&A session students could talk directly to the characters, and ask questions to better understand their motivations and the story. They also had the chance to ask about the life of a travelling actor. They conducted themselves with dignity and showed what a fantastic group of students we have at Blackburn Central.