"Goes beyond performance, recitation or storytelling". Big Issue vendor André Rostant reviews Simon Callow's wonderful "embodiment" of A Christmas Carol and a very merry Christmas from TBI vendors.
Marley was dead… so convincingly spectral was Simon Callow's animation of his ghost, nobody could doubt it: not only was Marley dead, but Dickens' Scrooge was most definitely alive and we, the audience at London's Arts Theatre, were transported along with him into the spirit world.
In an age of blockbuster CGI mega-movies, Callow's refreshing one man personification – because it goes beyond performance, recitation or storytelling – his embodiment of A Christmas Carol is breathtaking in its clarity of conception and beautifully executed. Of course, there are some special effects: snow, a projected clock and backdrops, a few sounds, but it is Callow's measured unfolding of the story, his ability to draw the audience into a shared experience of Dickens' wry, dark world as companions rather than witnesses, that makes this experience different.