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Folk and Blues
Uncle Ebenezer
by Phil Wilmot
adapted from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
OMWA Clubhouse, South Croydon
December 2008
Directed by Ian Brown
Musical Director: Colin Warnock

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5 Stars for Uncle Ebenezer 

What a total joy this Phil Willmott adaptation of A Christmas Carol was in Mitre's hands.


Diversification added to the tale, like the unusual spirits - particularly the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, personified by Tiny Tim, an endearing David Harries-Rees.

Fraser Macdonald embodied that bah humbug of Scrooge, doing sterling work on stage almost throughout and Rowan Dixon's mercurial Bob Cratchit's obsequiousness to Scrooge contrasted with his happy family personae in a house of scarcity.

Scraping together the ingredients for their meagre Christmas dinner, Helen O'Gorman created an equally caring Mrs Cratchit, overseeing an enthusiastic children's team.

Joe Pepper presaged meanness as Young Scrooge, missing out on affection from Belle Feziwig (a charming Heather Dawe) who was soon swept up by Scrooge's seafaring brother, Richard - a gung ho James Backway. Raising awareness of poverty, Scrooge's nephew - Alan Greenwood - elucidated the sad facts to his family - another good team of children.


Moving together, five people comprised an eerie Marley's ghost whilst Tamsin Reeve created a less frightening Ghost of Christmas Past. Tamsin doubled up as Eleanor, wife to the aforementioned nephew and she mothered her family well.


Of the three roles of Alan Merricks, as his employer, Feziwig, he tried to lower young Scrooge's growing dependency on penny pinching - ably assisted by his family and his wife - a lively Julia Gibbs.


New words to familiar tunes and carols were a major highlight of the show with MD Colin Warnock keeping the music flowingly arranged. Apt costumes created atmosphere and director Ian Brown's team was top notch.


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