A Christmas Carol – The Radio Play
Written by Eric Gow | Directed by Chris Adams
What would Christmas be like without a Metro Panto? The answer came to me, when asking another question – How do we do safe theatre in an uncertain time? Radio plays. It’s perfect! Six actors, socially distanced on stage, music stands, mics, scripts, and whole lot of sound effects. We could keep the audience distant and keep the actors distant, yet still create theatre. I called my theatre life partner, Erik, and asked him if he thought it was a good idea and if he thought he could write it. I brainstormed with my actual life partner, Kat, about show choices… Funnily enough, Christmas Carol was not the immediate thought, but once Kat said it out loud, I was hooked. I emailed David Adams, as the first choice for Scrooge – he was in. And I remembered, this is what theatre is about – excitement.
This was back in June/July 2020… When we really didn’t know where the world was going. Especially, for me, where theatre was going. The biggest companies, Arts Club, Bard, TUTS, all shut down their summer shows. Theatre Depression was real… But yet, I was excited, I was interested, and I was energized. I knew it was the right choice, no matter what Covid could throw at us, I knew we could create safety, efficiently, and with enthusiasm for theatre once again.
“You are the light in these dark times that keeps us going. For coming together, to gather and tell stories; We thank you.” Erik Gow, 2020.
With that, thank you,
Chris Adams, Director