An interview with Ebenezer Scrooge

Published: Wednesday 15th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The Dickens classic A Christmas Carol is coming to Hull Truck Theatre in an enchanting adaptation by Deborah McAndrew.

We spoke with Christopher Wright (above centre), who plays cold-hearted businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, to find out more about the show.

Can you tell us about your role?

Scrooge is a complicated character. Everyone thinks that he’s a horrible man and a miser. However, I don’t think he’s truly dreadful.

He is somebody who has had an awful life; he was sent away when very young to a boarding school and kept away from his family by his overbearing father. He lost the love of his life because he concentrated too much on his career and wasn’t emotionally invested in her. And he lost his sister too.

After all this, I think that he decided to just cut himself off from everyone else and from his life. He doesn’t really think of anything else except making money. That’s all that matters to him.

In short, he’s a proper Tory, an advocate of Adam Smith’s economics and of the free market economy.

How have you found bringing Scrooge to life in A Christmas Carol?

It’s interesting to see the journey he goes on. We’re only two weeks into rehearsals, so I’m still trying to get to grips with where he is going and what it is like to have ghosts from your past knock at your door.

Not only does Scrooge have to learn how to be nice to people at Christmas, but also to start thinking of other people. It’s a strange process for anyone to go through.

What’s your favourite thing about Christmas? Or are you a bit of a Scrooge yourself?

Seeing all my family together. I rather enjoy the mayhem of cooking Christmas dinner for everyone. We don’t see each other that often, so it’s great.

My sisters and I always go and see a Christmas pantomime, which is great because they cackle a lot.

I now have a young daughter, so seeing her opening her presents and dressing up in her newest costume is fantastic.

So if you had to choose one thing, what is your least favourite part of the festive season?

Shopping. Going into shopping centres with other people crashing around on Christmas Eve not knowing what to buy anyone. We all swear it’ll never happen again, but of course, it does every year.

Why should people come along to see A Christmas Carol?

Well, it’s a great heartwarming story. It will be both scary and fun in equal measure. A Christmas Carol is a story for our times.

The set, designed by Hayley Grindle, is just beautiful. There will be a few visual surprises too – the Ghost of Christmas Present is a particularly intriguing character.

A Christmas Carol runs at Hull Truck Theatre from Friday 1 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Hull Truck Theatre website.

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Published: Wednesday 15th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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