29th May, 2017

Tell Tale present A Victorian Christmas Past in Warwick

Leamington Editorial 10th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

CHRISTMAS past is brought to the stage of Warwick’s Quaker Meeting House on Tuesday (December 15).

Tell Tale Theatre present A Victorian Christmas Past which explores how the Victorians invented the modern Christmas through theatre, storytelling, and shadow puppetry.

The play begins on Christmas Eve at a charity school where the young Boy Jones entertains his classmates with a story book which he claims his father ‘acquired’ from Queen Victoria. As he turns its pages the book’s inhabitants begin to come to life and the dark orphanage is fleetingly visited by the magical shadows of flying reindeer, snowflake goblins, ice maidens and a little girl with a bundle of matches clasped in her hand. The matches transport the children on an enchanted journey to a number of locations from a sweet shop, to the cotton mills and even to Buckingham Palace itself.

Director Taresh Solanki said: “A Victorian Christmas Past has all the ingredients you would expect from a Christmas play along with some great seasonal trivia for the Christmas dinner table.

“Audiences of all ages are encouraged to participate in a number of ways from playing parlour games and carol singing to taking on familiar roles in the greatest Christmas story ever told.”

Penned by Emma Sian Cooper, the production premiered at the Lord Leycester Hospital in 2012.

Tickets cost £10 (£6 concessions) and can be purchased online at www.skiddle/tickets.com. The production at the High street venue starts at 7.30pm.