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2019 09 christmas carolDates

Gala Night 30 November 8pm
Sunday matinee 1 December 2pm
Tuesday Her Majesty’s Fundraiser 3 December 8pm
Wednesday to Saturday 4 – 7 December 8pm
Saturday matinee 7 December 2pm


Bookings: Her Majesty's Theatre Box Office business hours, or Majestix https://hermaj.com/whats-on/ballarat-national-theatre-season


So the season of goodwill is upon us and everyone is feeling the Spirit of Christmas.
Except that’s not quite true. Some of us are greedy and grumpy and not filled with good will.
What does it take to change a heart? For Scrooge, it is an encounter with the truth – his own truth. This play is a celebration of Dickens’ rich story telling as well as celebration of the goodness of people and the power of truth. In a world of fake news and bullies, there is a message for all of us.


2019 christmas carol directorDirector Mary-Rose McLaren

Dr Mary-Rose McLaren is an associate professor in Education with the College of Arts & Education, Victoria University. Mary-Rose has been involved in many productions in Ballarat. Her favourite memories with Ballarat National Theatre include:

  • writing and directing “One Boys War” which was performed to sell-out crowds in 2013, which was about her Grandfather.
  • Co-writing and directing Honourable Mentions with Peter Nethercote. Honourable Mentions was a special tribute to the Royal South Street Society's 125 year history (2016)
  • Directing Daisy Pulls It Off
  • Acting in Little Women and The Best Man (2016), Much Ado About Shakespeare and Falling From Grace (2017), and getting to be Mark Antony in Act Like a Girl.

Again, Dr McLaren has taken on the challenge of writing the script, adapting Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for this theatrical production. Originally carols were sung as part of theatrical productions, so they have been reintroduced into this production. Come along and share in the singing and the message in this classic tale that will leave you with a lightness of heart.


2019 christmas carol playrightPlaywright Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens lived from 1812 to 1870 in England and is known for the social commentary he made via his writing. Unusually Charles Dickens was successful during his lifetime and has continued to be recognised as one of history’s greatest writers.


About the Story and the Play

A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 and has never been out of print. The first edition sold out by Christmas Eve and by the end of the following year 13 editions had been released.

Titled A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, you can see why it has been shortened to just A Christmas Carol! It is the story of an elderly miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts and afterward becomes a kinder, gentler man.

When the story was written the British were re-evaluating Christmas traditions. Christmas trees were introduced by the Royal Family (a German tradition) and the idea of a Christmas holiday was just beginning (imagine working through Christmas!). A Christmas Carol is acknowledged as influencing the modern Christmas, introducing the generosity of spirit at Christmas (The Man Who Invented Christmas) and the terms Bah! Humbug! As a retort to anything sentimental or overly festive and Scrooge, used to describe someone as a miser.

Just six years later Dickens began publicly reading the story which was so popular he continued the performances until his death in 1870. There were over 120 readings.

The story has been adapted for film, opera, ballet, musical, animation, radio and the stage. Marcel Marceau even performed a mime for the BBC! It is Dicken’s most reproduced story.

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