An interview with Scrooge’s nephew

Published: Monday 18th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A Christmas Carol by much-loved author Charles Dickens has been brought to life in a brand new Hull Truck drama.

Writer Deborah McAndrew and director Amy Leach have worked their magic to adapt this already enchanting story for the stage. The show runs until Saturday 6 January 2018 and tickets are selling out fast, so be sure to book now if you want to get a slice of the action.

We spoke with Joseph Tweedale, who plays Fred Scrooge and young Scrooge, to find out more about this special performance.

Can you tell us a little bit about your role within A Christmas Carol?

It has been a delight to play Scrooge’s nephew, as well as young Scrooge, who we see when we go back in time with The Ghost of Christmas Past.

It’s lovely to play two characters who are in the same family, but who are also very different. We explore the transition from Scrooge being a young, happy guy, to what he becomes later on. We see jim at a point in his life when he is jolly and enjoys Christmas, but just discovering his love for money.

Meanwhile, Fred is naturally quite boisterous and absolutely loves Christmas.

How have you found the show so far?

It’s been fabulous. Hull Truck is an amazing place to work and the cast are all lovely. We’ve had a lot of fun. It has also been brilliant to explore the music with composer John Biddle and the dancing with Jon Beney.

The young company who play the Cratchit children have been really enthusiastic and great to work with. They remind you that you have the best job in the world.

What is your favourite part of Christmas?

I love all the food and drink. I eat all of the cheese. Usually, if you eat that amount of cheese, you feel a bit guilty, but at Christmastime it’s allowed.

And what do you hate about the festive season?

All of the travelling. It’s really nice to see your family, obviously, but having to work and travel the country to see them – it’s quite a trek. I have family in Manchester, Cardiff and Norfolk and I’m working in Hull, so it’s going to be interesting.

Why should people come along to see A Christmas Carol?

It’s is a really fun show, full of wacky characters and great music. It is a visual spectacle, too. The set is absolutely amazing.

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

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Published: Monday 18th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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