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A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS
On from 03 Dec 2013 till 08 Dec 2013
All Around Town
by Burbage Productions
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £8.00 - £10.00

About: A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS

A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS is a festive telling of some of English literatures most loved Christmas fables, poetry and music from Dickens to Wordsworth. Set in 1869 in Victorian London the household of 48 Doughty Street gather on Christmas Eve for traditions long carried out. Developed and devised by the Company in Mike Leigh‘s method of creative discovery through improvisation, A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS promises to be an evening of inventive and imaginative story telling. Over 20 varying characters will be portrayed by a cast of 4 in this festive story-telling romp through the ages.

For more information on A DICKENSIAN CHRISTMAS visit; www.burbageproductions.co.uk.
Burbage Productions, based in London.

Charles Dickens has probably had more influence on the way that we celebrate Christmas today than any single individual in human history...except one. At the beginning of the Victorian period the celebration of Christmas was in decline. The medieval Christmas traditions, which combined the celebration of the birth of Christ with the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia (a pagan celebration for the Roman God of agriculture), and the Germanic winter festival of Yule, had come under intense scrutiny by the Puritans under Oliver Cromwell. The Industrial Revolution, in full swing in Dickens' time, allowed workers little time for the celebration of Christmas.
The romantic revival of Christmas traditions that occurred in Victorian times had other contributors: Prince Albert brought the German custom of decorating the Christmas tree to England, the singing of Christmas carols (which had all but disappeared at the turn of the century) began to thrive again, and the first Christmas card appeared in the 1840s. But it was the Christmas stories of Dickens, particularly his 1843 masterpiece A Christmas Carol that rekindled the joy of Christmas in Britain and America. Today, after more than 160 years, A Christmas Carol continues to be relevant, sending a message that cuts through the materialistic trappings of the season and gets to the heart and soul of the holidays.

Dickens describes the holidays as "a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." This was what Dickens described for the rest of his life as the “Carol-Philosophy”

Dickens' name had become so synonymous with Christmas that on hearing of his death in 1870 a little costermonger's girl in London asked, "Mr. Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?"

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