We’ve all heard Dickens’ classic Christmas Fable charting the redemption of that covetous, old sinner, Ebeneezer Scrooge, but whatever happened to his partner, Jacob Marley; bound by chains and the instigator of those Christmas Eve proceedings? Surely he should have an opportunity to redeem himself too? What of his story?
Well, it turns out Marley himself does have a story to tell. And what a story it is! Award-winning playwright Tom Mula, (who played Scrooge himself for several years at Chicago’s Goodman Theater), has drawn out the spellbinding story of Jacob Marley and his involvement in Scrooge’s tale, with Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, an epic one-man show that travels from the Jaws of Death, to the mouth of hell and beyond – returning to The Street Theatre this weekend.
Canberra-based actor Craig Alexander has accepted the daunting task of bringing this epic narrative to life. Armed only with a nest of suitcases, a few lights and a ladder; Craig brings to life over a dozen characters, nimbly switching between roles in a heartbeat, drawing audiences in to the story of Marley’s spirited machinations to redeem old Scrooge. Supported onstage by Cellist Jordan Best (well-known to Canberra audiences as a talented actor/director herself) this tale will surely rekindle your Christmas spirit this holiday season and make you marvel at the skills of “an outstanding story-teller actor” (Peter Wilkins, Canberra Critics Circle).
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol is playing at the The Street Theatre, Friday 9th and Saturday 10th at 7:30pm and Sunday 11th at 4:00pm. Tickets are available at www.thestreet.org.au