R4 Reflections, January 2016

A Christmas Carol 2015

On December 11 & 12, R4 presented our rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Our adaptation, by Ignatz Ratskywatsky, is drawn directly from the original. While the story has been significantly shortened, what remains are, for the most part, the words of Charles Dickens, himself.

Many historians agree that the state of observance of Christmas is largely the result of a mid-Victorian revival of the holiday spearheaded by A Christmas Carol.

Dickens influenced many aspects of Christmas that are celebrated today in Western culture such as family gatherings, seasonal food & drink, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit.

The R4 event included Christmas caroling lead by Vincenzo Cuccia and a solo reading by Paul Batt of A Visit from St. Nicholas, with sound effects accompanying.

Photos can be viewed here.

Ruth Giordano
Red room Radio Redux <[email protected]>

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