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“Damned if it isn’t really good. More than that, it just might be the best version of this show I’ve ever seen… 90 minutes of great storytelling.” John Threlfall, Monday Magazine, 2001
For 8 years Theatre Inconnu presented Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at various historical location in Victoria BC. The show was adapted and directed by Clayton Jevne, with Clayton and Sandra Ritter performing it. Sandra also designed the sound/music-scape, and played live harp.
This particular recorded performance took place on Christmas Eve, 2000, at Emily Carr House (built in 1863) in Victoria BC. Emily had written that A Christmas Carol was one of her favorite stories, and she carried a copy with her in her painting frock. The performance of the show in the Carr dining room, on this night, was a magical experience.
Other heritage locations that saw performances of this production included: Craigflower Schoolhouse (built in1854), Gyppeswyk House (part of the Art Gallery of greater Victoria, built in 1889), Craigdarroch Castle (1887), St. Anne’s Academy Chapel (1858), and the Parfitt Building (now the Paul Phillips Hall, built in1909, and current home to Theatre Inconnu).
We recognize that the recording picture and sound quality is less than we would expect from a more modern digital video, but we hope that this copy of the original VHS recording will provide some joy and entertainment.
We would like to acknowledge the wonderful help of Jan Ross and family for their help with this particular show (as then custodians of Emily Carr House).