Scrooge as a Yorkshire farmer? What a capital idea. It grew from the widespread belief that we Yorkshire folk are rather tight with the pennies, but we don’t mind that
Kate Bramley’s adaptation for Badapple Theatre was first toured last Christmas and this year’s tour has called at village halls throughout the East Midlands. Apparently the folk down there have enjoyed their exposure to Yorkshire culture.
Farmer Scrooge has a two man cast - the popular Rob Angell, who was a fixture at Hull Truck in John Godber’s day, and Aiden Lee Brooks, an engaging, adventurous actor who is also a skilled musician. They have a host of puppets, reminiscent of the Muppets in style and scope, to help with a story laden with characters. There is much theatrical cleverness in the staging and the action dovetails sweetly.
Bramley’s adaptation is comic rather than a sad journey to redemption. It is funny, rather than silly, but the denouement still hits home, still brings a lump to the throat.
Village hall audiences will need no encouragement to join in. They are relaxed in a way that theatre audiences seldom are. They all know each other and they will go home talking about the show.