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A Dickens of a Christmas Carol

A brief extract from the show 'A Dickens of a Christmas Carol' performed by Paul Netterfield in the roles of Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge. The show is at World Museum's Treasure House Theatre on various dates in December.

Paul Netterfield: Well hello. My name is Charles Dickens and I'm in Liverpool at World Museum at the Treasure House Theatre re-enacting my story, 'A Christmas Carol'. I do hope you have time to see my performance but if you don't here's a short extract for you to listen to. So may I say merry Christmas to you all and a very happy New Year.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome one and all and may I say how delighted I am to be back in this wonderful port of Liverpool. You know, Liverpool has always stood foremost as one of the great cities to which I look forward with eager anticipation and confidence. I have enjoyed delivering readings here at the Philharmonic Hall and at the wonderful St George's Hall only last year in 1860. I have say, I always find the audiences here most responsive and delightful and I'm sure you won't be the exception to the rule, will you?

Well I have to say some of the outfits here are rather peculiar to say the least. But I'm not here to judge. I am here to re-enact 'A Christmas Carol', a story written by my good self. A story with drama, pathos and a moral, performed by me, myself and I.

Well I think we're almost ready now to begin my story 'A Christmas Carol', but today I am not going to tell the story. No, in fact one of my characters, Ebenezer Scrooge, is going to tell the story of 'A Christmas Carol' today. So please, be amazed as I transform myself now into the main character of 'A Christmas Carol', Ebenezer Scrooge...

It all happened one very cold Christmas Eve. I was in my counting house [audio track fades out].