An Interview with Topper and Dick Wilkins from A Christmas Carol

Published: Thursday 7th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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A Christmas Carol is a classic festive story that has been retold many times both on screen and on stage.

Hull Truck Theatre has put its own spin on the Dickensian novel to create an outstanding Yuletide performance. We caught up with Gurjeet Singh, who plays Dick Wilkins and Topper in the enchanting show.

Can you tell us a little bit more about the various roles you play in Hull Truck’s A Christmas Carol?

I play Dick Wilkins, Topper and various other ghosts during the performance.

Wilkins is an apprentice of Mr Fezziwig, who is Scrooge’s old employer. He’s a family man, very humble. Meanwhile, Topper is a friend of Fred, Scrooge’s Nephew.

I love that my part in the performance is quite varied, I get to play some spooky ghosts, but also some really vibrant characters.

I’d say Topper was my favourite to play. He’s a little bit of a party animal – quite naughty, cheeky and flamboyant – he definitely likes to get the party going.

Is Topper a reflection of you? Are you the life and soul of the party?

Ha! Not so much. I think that’s why it’s great fun to play him. He’s a bit louder than I would normally be and always having a good time. I mean, I also like to have a good time, but I’m just not as ‘out there’.

What’s your favourite part of the festive season?

It’s the build-up to Christmas; the excitement. And for the day itself, it has to be the food. I love indulging in all of the chocolate, cakes, snacks – everything.

I also really like to cook; I usually cook the Christmas dinner for my family. I just relish the whole feel and spirit of Christmas – it’s merry and heartwarming.

And what about your least favourite part?

The day is over too quickly. All the excitement seems to fizzle out – the tree is dying, the food is gone and it’s back to reality.

Lastly, why should people come along to the show?

I think people should come along because it has everything you’d want from a Christmas show. It’s not a pantomime, of course, but there’s a lot of comedy alongside touching, magical moments.

It truly captures the spirit of Christmas. We’ve made it fun with singing, dancing and some audience participation too. I think it accurately conveys the message that if you’re nice to people, you’ll have a good life.

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: Thursday 7th December 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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