A specially inclusive performance of “A Christmas Carol”

This week, I finished the holiday season in style by seeing a special performance of “A Christmas Carol”.

Charles Dickens’ classic story has arguably come to define Christmas in the 175 years since its publication and there have been numerous versions, both on stage and screen.

The Chickenshed theatre in Enfield in north London has updated, renewed and refreshed the tale for 2018/19 in an entirely brand new musical version, set in 1930s Britain. The show has a cast of over 200 people on stage for each performance and there have been four cast teams making a total of 800 participants throughout the run.

Chickenshed is noted for its approach of inclusive theatre. So the performance featured mostly young performers, some with different physical and mental disabilities, and from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds.


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