27 November 2017
By Mary Bermingham
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in the Goldie Chapel – just one of the many events at Nano Nagle Place as part of their festive theme ‘The Magic of Christmas Past’.
Nano Nagle Place will bring an uplifting festive story that will leave you wrapped in the spirit of Christmas. In this production, the wonderfully talented and versatile actor, Kieran O’Leary will bring a host of characters to life including the miserly Scrooge, the humble Bob Cratchit, the Ghost of Jacob Marley bound in chains and the frail Tiny Tim.
This heart-warming, humorous and compelling adaptation will feature a selection of original carols from Victorian England, sung live by Cork’s incredible Annette Buckley. Although the carols themselves are original, the arrangement is contemporary and exceptionally beautiful. A unique and atmospheric soundscape, created by composer and sound designer, Shane O’Sullivan will complete this enchanting piece. Directed by Judi Chalmers and produced by Ann Dalton.
Speaking ahead of the productions Judy Chalmers, Director of Ocean of Notions Theatre said “Dickens was no stranger to Cork. Almost 160 years ago, in 1858, he did an Irish reading tour. He stayed at the Imperial Hotel, even kissed the Blarney Stone. We are delighted to be returning with Dickens to the Goldie Chapel with this intimate production of A Christmas Carol. The Goldie Chapel is the ideal canvas to portray this story of hope, of the wonder and magic of Christmas, and of how the doorway to the human heart is never truly closed. A sea of lanterns will light up this unique 19th century space illuminating a classic tale that is as relevant today as it was 200 years ago.”
Programme Manager at Nano Nagle Place Danielle O’Donovan shared her excitement at what they have planned for the first Christmas in Nano Nagle Place, “It’s our first Christmas at Nano Nagle Place and we are starting as we mean to go on! Our aim is to allow our visitors to discover what Christmas might have been like in Cork in the past. We have created a new guided tour that explores what Christmas might have been like when Nano lived in Cork city in the second half of the eighteenth century. We’re aiming to make it a great festive season, whether you are attending one of our great Christmas events, exploring our gardens after dark brought alive with magical lighting, or picking up a great stocking filler in our design and gift shop. Come and help to celebrate our first Christmas at Nano Nagle Place.”
A Christmas Carol: evenings at 7pm from Thurs 30th November to Sunday 3rd December with matinee at 4pm on 2nd and 3rd. Tickets available from the shop at Nano Nagle place (cash sales only) or online via christmas-carol.eventbrite.ie (booking fee applies)