Theatr Clwyd promised an immersive experience with this adaptation of A Christmas Carol and it certainly delivers, with a clear concise telling of the story that is perfect for young families.
The tale begins and ends in a meticulously constructed square in a Victorian version of Mold. Surrounded by the bustling street traders of Dickensian Wales, we meet Ebenezer Scrooge and his clerk Bob Cratchit, and the story unfolds in familiar fashion.
Key parts of Frankie Bradshaw’s promenade set are raised to a height to offer an unobstructed view of the performers. Though for the greater part of the narrative, the audience is seated around a different set for Scrooge’s trial by ghosts.
There are fine central performances from Steven Elliott and Matthew Bulgo, as Scrooge and Cratchit, and Lewis Lowry, one of three alternating Tiny Tims. They are supported by a strong cast of Ghosts and townsfolk, including a community ensemble.
The sound design is excellent and there are some well-judged musical interludes and party games for the children to join in with. With marvellous attention to detail evident throughout, this show is a perfectly polished little jewel.