An interview with Bob Cratchit

Published: Wednesday 13th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Charles Dickens’ popular tale A Christmas Carol has been transformed by talented writer Deborah McAndrew.

Directed by Amy Leach and with stunning set and costume design by Hayley Grindle, this enchanting performance is bound to amaze and entertain audiences. The fresh adaptation runs at Hull Truck Theatre until the first week of 2018, but tickets are selling out fast so be sure to book quickly if you want to catch a glimpse of the magic.

We caught up with Mitesh Soni, who plays Bob Cratchit, to find out more about this exciting new piece of work.

How have you found your role so far?

It’s been fantastic. We have such a brilliant young company who play the Cratchit children. I’ve really enjoyed it so far.

Bob is Scrooge’s clerk. He always has a smile on his face and is constantly trying to do the best for his family. He has three children and a wife. His youngest child, Tiny Tim, is ill, so he’s constantly doing the best he can to support them.

I think the Cratchits show the audience that it’s not money that makes you happy. Even though they are very poor and don’t have a lot, they have so much love for each other.

What is your favourite part of Christmas?

It has to be the Christmas songs, I love whatever is in the charts. In recent years, I’ve also begun to look forward to the Christmas adverts. It’s always really interesting to see how companies are going to advertise. I think it’s become as popular as the number one or Christmas Day television. They’ve become such a talking point, haven’t they?

Do you have a favourite Christmas ad right now?

I think it’s a mix between the Tesco and Sainsbury’s ads. I’m not quite sure about the John Lewis one this year, I know a lot of people feel the same.

And what’s your least favourite part of the festive season?

Last-minute shoppers! The amount of people that decide to go shopping at the same time really frustrates me.

Lastly, why should people come to see A Christmas Carol?

It has a bit of everything for everyone: it’s theatrical, magical, humble, funny, heartwarming and scary. If you don’t already know the story, you’re bound to fall in love with it after you see this show.

I think it truly sends out the message of being loving and helping others, which is something people should take on for Christmas and beyond.

You can see A Christmas Carol until Saturday 6 January 2018. To purchase tickets and find out more information, visit the Hull Truck Theatre website.  

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Published: Wednesday 13th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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