Aaron’s fresh telling of Christmas classic

Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs performing A Christmas Carol at the Ark. It's in Galway next week.
Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs performing A Christmas Carol at the Ark. It's in Galway next week.

Beg, steal or borrow a child next week, and get along to Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre to see Aaron Monaghan and Bryan Burroughs – both superb physical actors – in Aaron’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

It will play from next Thursday, December 7, to Saturday, December 7, with five performances in total.

This renowned tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by ghosts on one fateful Christmas Eve and taken a journey through his past, present and future, has enthralled children and adults for generations.

Dickens’ unforgettable characters will come to life in Aaron’s 45-minute adaptation, which remains faithful to the original story as the actors use their physical and vocal skills, colourful hats, scarves, fairy lights and an IKEA coat rack! People should also watch out for a special guest appearing as Tiny Tim.

Aaron Monaghan has enthralled audiences in Galway and worldwide with his performances as a longstanding member of the Druid Ensemble. He was last seen in Galway in Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist at this year’s Arts Festival. Bryan Burroughs is an accomplished director who teaches Physical Theatre at The Lir in Dublin. He won a Stage Award for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 for Beowulf: The Blockbuster which he also wrote.

This Christmas Carol was first performed at The Ark in 2012 with a sold-out run.

In Druid, the first performance will be next Thursday at 12 noon. On Friday, there will be a performance at 10am and 12 noon, while Saturday’s shows will be at 11am and 1pm. The recommended age is 7+. The Thursday and Friday performances are school shows, with just limited capacity for the public.

■ Ticket cost €9 at the Mick Lally Theatre or online at www.druid.ie.