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A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera

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Fri, 8th Dec 2017 8:00pm to 10:00pm
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GreenMatthews bring you a brand-new retelling of the best-loved Yuletide adventure of them all – Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

Using new lyrics and traditional English folk tunes, GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims' Way) use a bewitching blend of voices and instruments to create a musical retelling of this seasonal favourite. The first half of the show presents a blend of Victorian carols and midwinter folk songs which paint a vivid and colourful picture of the festive season in Dickens’ time.

The second half is an hour-long ‘folk opera’ of his most iconic novella - the tale of how flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge undergoes several ghostly visitations over the course of a cold and bitter Christmas Eve and awakes the following morning transformed into the epitome of the Christmas spirit - warm-hearted, generous and loving. This heartwarming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

The Hive is an arts and entertainment venue, as well as a charity working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, offering a varied programme of events, from cinema to live theatre, language classes to toddler groups, life drawing sessions to holiday workshops, open mics through to wrestl