Christmas present from Polka Theatre

London theatre news: Friday 13 November 2020

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Polka Theatre is offering a Christmas present to supporters with a free film of A Christmas Carol for ages 4+.
A Christmas Carol from Polka Theatre

Image courtesy Polka Theatre

Polka Theatre, one of just a few dedicated children's venues in the UK, has been closed since February 2019 for development.

The venue (which first opened its doors back in 1979) is due to reopen next Spring with an extended Adventure Theatre, a centralised learning space, an expanded cafe, new toilet and baby changing facilities as well as many other improvements.

However, in spite of the closure Polka has continued to offer activities to schools, community groups and the public.

And this Christmas, Polka is giving its supporters a present - a re-told version of Charles Dickens' ever-popular A Christmas Carol in the form of a free 15-minute short film that the whole family can enjoy over the festive period.

A visually imaginative and funny re-telling of a Christmas classic, set to an original folk-style score, you'll meet the Storyteller and his Cardboard Cabinet of Curiosities as he tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the true meaning of Christmas.

The uncharitable, grumpy, angry and overall spiritless Ebenezer Scrooge is hiding in his London office on a lonely Christmas night - will he still hate Christmas once the three festive ghosts have shown him his past, present and future?

A Christmas Carol will be available exclusively from 19 December for those who sign up to the Polka newsletter from now until Christmas.

VocalEyes are bringing the production to life for blind and visually impaired people through an accompanying audio description.

It will include an audio introduction establishing the visual world of the production including setting and characters, in addition to the 'through description' of the film itself, mixed with the original soundtrack.

Designer Sam Wilde commented ...

"The show is almost entirely recycled and recyclable, mostly made from cardboard but also materials from the huge waste generated over the Christmas period - wrapping paper, fairy lights, ribbons, bows, bubble wrap and baubles!

Hopefully it will provide people with inspiration for reusing all that Christmas rubbish!

We'll travel through cardboard city streets, meet the origami ghost of Christmas Past, the wrapping paper ghost of Christmas Present and ghost of Christmas Future (with a touch of tinsel!).


Ian Nicholson


Created by Ian Nicholson and Sam Wilde

Designer & Maker - Samuel Wilde

Sound Designer, Composer & Video Editor - Jim Whitcher

Design Assistant - Alana Ashley


Polka Theatre website

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