Jennifer Ward-Lealand directed A Christmas Carol for
Auckland Theatre Company. It was based on the Dickens novel but
adapted by Dave Armstrong into a Kiwi Christmas show.
. . . it is crisp, smart and sharp in director Jennifer Ward-Lealand's
hands." (Gilbert Wong, Sunday Star-Times, 21 Nov.
2004). "Auckland Theatre Company's production dispels the
fog with a welcome blast of humour, vitality and music . . . it
is difficult to imagine a better way to usher in the festive season".
(Paul Simei-Barton, New Zealand Herald, 15 Nov. 2004).
and crew: Mark Hadlow (Scrooge), Jackie Clark (Lorraine Cratchit),
Bruce Hopkins (Bob Cratchit), Edward Giffney (Tiny Tim), Jonny
Hair (Pete Cratchit), Morgan Reese Fairhead (Belinda Cratchit),
Cameron Rhodes (Marley), Paul Barrett (Narrator), Hori Ahipene
(Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future), Kate-Louise Elliot
(Deirdre); with John Verryt (Designer), David Eversfield (Lighting
Designer), and Grant Winterburn (Musical Director).
FOR A CHRISTMAS CAROL
its year-end review of Auckland theatre, the New Zealand Herald
listed A Christmas Carol among the best:
Armstrong's adaptation of A Christmas Carol provides
a fitting end to the year by showing it is possible to enjoy the
festive season without wallowing in sentimentality or drowning
simple tale has a density that can support an enormous variety
of interpretations and Armstrong was able to modernise the story
without diluting the potency of the original.
Jennifer Ward-Lealand delivered an exuberant production that captures
the chaotic multicultural diversity of Auckland City".