Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Memorandum Monday

Sorry, I'm a day late with this post ..... so happy Tuesday morning greetings to Sian and all the rest of the Monday gang.

It's a Christmassy first this time.  I went to see Pip Upton (a local actor) read A Christmas Carol by candlelight.  The photo show the stage set before the event started; once it did start, the only light in a fairly large room was provided by the candles you can see in the photo.  Pip Upton, adopting the persona of Charles Dickens, read an abbreviated version of the story using Dickens' original script - apparently, this is how the story was read to large audiences during Dickens' lifetime, although we were a much smaller audience, only 30 of us. I love this story, and this was a particularly atmospheric reading of it; imagine the dark room, the flickering candlelight and the intimacy of the evening. A Christmas Carol is an essential part of Christmas for me and this was a lovely way to start the celebrations.

Thanks to Sian for organising this. Only a few more days to go before the big event ... I hope you all have a fantastic time in whichever way you choose the celebrate it.  


  1. I went to an exhibition here a couple of years ago which showed one of Dickens' original marked up scripts for his reading and it really did say things like "pause here for dramatic effect". I felt Christmassy just looking at it.

    I'll be thinking about you over the holidays.

  2. What a wonderful idea, to hear Dickens read as he intended it.

  3. That does sound like a good way to start the holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Sounds very atmospheric. It is lovely to have well known stories read aloud.