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A CHRISTMAS CAROL COMES TO LIFE
A New Theatre Company Recreates Golden Age Radio Drama
To help in the world wide celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens Taipei’s newest theatre company, Red Room Radio Redux (R4) is producing two different productions of Dickens’ most famous work: “A Christmas Carol.”
For Taiwan’s radio audience the theatre company has teamed up with professionals at the studios of International Community Radio Taipei FM 100 to produce a magical piece of theatre of the imagination, enlivening the immortal characters in a special radio adaptation that recalls the class radio dramas of the 1930s and 40s. ICRT will broadcast this adaptation on Christmas Eve at 17:00, and twice on Christmas Day, at 08:00 & 17:00. ICRT broadcasts island-wide at FM 100.7 in Taipei & Kaosiung and FM 100.1 in Taichung. Listeners can tune in live over the internet at the ICRT wedsite: www.icrt.com.tw.
On Dec 15th, 2012, Red Room Radio Redux will present a staged version of the same script as they read aloud their dramatized rendition of Dickens’ masterpiece at the Stage Time & Wine @ Red Room event. This reading will recreate the atmosphere of a radio studio in the 1930s complete with live sound effects. For more information go to www.redroom.com.tw.
This past September, as part of the 5th Annual Taipei Fringe Festival, R4 produced “Open Your Ears! An Evening of Shakespeare”. A two-part evening, the show opened with an original script about Shakespeare love of actors and continued with a fresh adaptation of the story of Macbeth. Audiences were delighted with the antics of a troupe of voice actors run amok. In October, they brought forth their rendition of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds”, set in a fictionalized Taipei City.
As part of the Red Room community which is designed to foster “a culture of listening”, the R4mission is to bring the spoken word to a wide community using simple techniques of readers’ theater and radio drama. As global citizens, the writers and actors at R4 have the opportunity to share the finest of the Western literary heritage; to re-kindle an appreciation of the great stories and find common purpose with the literature of the world.
In the future, R 4 will hold events that will welcome all to enjoy the fun of readers’ theater and radio drama. They will also produce special events: theater productions and radio broadcasts that will display the highest quality of performance and bring Red Room’s message, the value of the spoken word, to the widest possible audience.
If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with the director, please call Ruth Giordano at 0981831320 or e-mail [email protected]