Charles Dickens Performs a Christmas Carol

Did you know that Charles Dickens was a famous performer of his own work, and that he toured the world, keeping audiences spellbound as he acted each character on the stage single-handed?

The Eagle’s Nest Theatre Company asked us to use our documentary approach to tell the story of ‘Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol’, an authentic re-enactment of the Dickens Readings, starring the marvellous Phil Zachariah. The aim was to teach a little bit about Dickens and the Readings, sell the play to theatres, and inspire audiences to attend. We created a series of short films tailored to the needs of the different audiences, which was supplemented by information on the Charles Dickens Performs web site.

 

About the Show

Info

Client: Eagles Nest Theatre

Produced: 2011

Length: 3.33 minutes

This short film evokes the audience experience of anticipation at a night out at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne, overlaid with an otherworldly Victorian feel which matches the ghostly theme of ‘Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol’. Our video unpacks the stage show, provides some performance snippets, gives some background for audiences, and features interviews with director James Adler and star Phil Zachariah. Since being embedded on the Charles Dickens Performs web site the video has been a great resource for the theatre company as they roll out their marketing and promotions for the production each year.

Credits

Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Written, directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Music arranged by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Executive Producer:
James Adler
Featuring:
Phil Zachariah and James Adler
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Sound Assistant:
Lucinda Horrocks

The Dickens Readings

Info

Eagles Nest Theatre

Produced: 2011

Length: 3.17 minutes

We made use of our interview with Phil Zachariah, and his knowledge of Dickens, for our micro-documentary about the phenomenon of Charles Dickens the performer. While this also acted as a resource for Eagles Nest Theatre in promoting the show, it had an appeal to a broader audience interested in Charles Dickens. The film had success in 2012, the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth, when a Washington Post blog embedded it in an online post noting many things Dickens. Viewing figures steadily increased as the global #Dickens2012 festival began and the world collectively celebrated Dickens.

Credits

Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Written, directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Featuring:
Phil Zachariah
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Research:
Lucinda Horrocks
Images by kind courtesy of:
The US Library of Congress, Royal Holloway, University of London and Liam Quin, fromoldbooks.org

Other Materials

We also produced a 30-second trailer designed to embed on ticketing sites and several exerpts from the stage play to use as additional marketing collateral to send to theatre buyers worldwide.

Links

30-Second Trailer

Marley’s Ghost Exerpt

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