Sunday, December 18th marks the finale for this year’s The Dickens Project SL, presented by Seanchai library and hosted by Kultivate magazine. And it promises to be a real Dickens of a time!
Throughout the week, Seanchai volunteers and friends have been reading the five staves of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in a specially constructed series of sets representing elements of the the story – Christmas Present, Christmas Past and Christmas Yet To Come / The End Of It All. Along the way there have been a variety of additional events and activities (see my preview , including a chat with the event’s Director, Caledonia Skytower, here).
For the grand finale, commencing at 12:00 noon SLT, on Sunday, December 18th, Seanchai Library will be presenting The Big Read, featuring all five staves of the story over some 3.5 hours. The reading will take place in the Square of Christmas Present, and the audience is invited to attend in suitable period costume, if they wish. You don’t have to stay for the entire performance – although doing so is really worth the time – and the rest of the scenes will be open to explore both before and after the readings.
As a special treat, immediately prior to The Big Read, at 11:00 SLT, there will be an hour of dancing to traditional 17th and 18th Century songs presented by Wald Schriddle. Be sure to get there early for this as well, as the Raglan Shire Tiny Carolers are rumoured to perhaps be making one final, triumphant Wootmas 2016 appearance!
- The Dickens Project SL 2016 (Water Haven, rated: Moderate)