A Christmas Carol

This Christmas, Parable Arts will be presenting a brand new interpretation of Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol.  This timeless and ghostly tale has echoed through the generations, and thrilled audiences both on page and stage.  Parable are proud to add our storytelling style to that proud heritage.

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The Story

In a world where the few have and the many have not, Ebenezer Scrooge is a hoarder with just one thing on his mind – gain.  An unscrupulous money-lender who preys on the desperation of the poor, he sews loans to those who can ill afford them, and harvests debts at a plentiful rate.  Callous and crooked, Scrooge cares nothing for the lives he ruins along the way, until one Christmas Eve he is brought face to face with his destiny, in a night that promises he will never be the same again.

“Oh but he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge!  A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching covetous old sinner!”

The Cause

Parable Arts are proud to be partnering with The Salvation Army on this production.  Not only will they be providing live musical accompaniment to the performances, but all proceeds from the production will go towards the amazing work they will do with homeless communities and those facing financial hardship in the West Midlands, this Christmas.

The Salvation Army has a long history of providing practical support to disadvantaged people, and this is clearly demonstrated by their ongoing work with people experiencing homelessness.  The Salvation Army has initiatives intended to help people who find themselves in this distressing predicament. From soup kitchens to residential

lifehouses (hostels), winter night shelters to debt advice services, seeking to help as many people as possible. Everyone is treated with friendship and respect and often a friendly face is just as welcome as a warm bowl of soup.  Parable Arts are proud to be able to offer something towards these projects which will bring friendship and comfort to those for whom Christmas is often far from merry.

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“Mankind was my business.  The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence were all my business.”

– Marley’s Ghost

 

The Cast

Assembling a stellar cast of immensely talented actors, we’re keeping this production in our home-base of Stourbridge, in the heart fo the Black Country.  Performing in the canalside venue, The Bonded Warehouse, this production aims to tie together the very heart of the community, and to provide an opportunity for us all to come together in sharing a story of a man’s changed life, and to change the lives of others.

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“He let them laugh, and little heeded them, for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened, for good, on this globe at which some people did not have their fill of laughter”