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A Christmas Carol: Immerse Yourself In The Christmas Spirit

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Brendan Bell

The 4th of December did seem a little early to be feeling fully festive but I had put my tree up the day before and after a very welcome glass of fizz as we arrived at Theatre Deli, followed by the purchase of an entire bottle of fizz to share and enjoy during the show, I was well on my way to decking the halls and stepping into Christmas.

The Guild of Misrule have previously brought show-stopping versions of The Great Gatsby and Neverland to Theatre Deli but this time it was the turn of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol, to be brought to life through the medium of immersive theatre by The Flanagan Collective. So with great expectations, we sat down at the dinner table and waited for the fun to begin.

And oh, what fun we had. In the spirit of saving the curmudgeonly soul of Scrooge, we sang, played games, pulled crackers, told naff jokes and donned paper hats. The story, which is obviously so well known and well loved, was told by the protagonists in a refreshingly alternative manner, exploring new tangents and sweeping us along with just the right amount of audience interaction.

The two-course Christmas dinner we enjoyed during the show was top-notch too, with Scrooge quizzing unsuspecting guests about Christmas and it's true meaning. My dinner time highlights were undoubtedly the fruity pavlova, of which I could have eaten several, and the charmingly out of tune rendition of Fairytale of New York.

All in all, everyone had a truly wonderful time and we left feeling ebullient and uplifted. If you have the chance, do go and see it, it's on until Sunday 16 December.

You can buy tickets here.

by Felicity Jackson (she/her)

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