A Christmas Carol – The Musical Live Wire Theatre, the Rondo  

The presentation of this classic Christmas tale brings a mix of music and puppetry to The Rondo this week. The new adaptation written by Dougie Blaxland with music by Natalie Farmer is proving to be a box office favourite and it is good to see a large audience on an opening night.

Tristan-Darby-as-Bob-CratchThe company of four play all the characters, Christopher Norwood Greaves heads up the cast as Scrooge, taking us on his infamous journey; Natalie Farmer, Emily Froggatt and Tristan Darby complete the team and together they work hard to create an atmospheric tale against the simple set.

The music provides more of a narrative than moving the story along and the use of the story tellers is effective and should be used more.  Once again the Rondo is celebrating new local writing and many pieces are reworked before they find their final niche.  Some of the puppets are more successful than others and occasionally there is a sense of rushing, perhaps this is simply because the individual needs to return as another character.

The performances are good, the singing is strong and the lighting and sound design from Luke John Emmett greatly enhances the space.

Scrooge-and-Bob-3Live Wire has certainly offered an alternative to pantomime, the 8pm start indicating that this production is not for the very young. Box Office is strong for the week so booking is strongly advised.

All bookings: 01225 463362

*** 3 Stars

Charlie Harris