A Christmas Carol
On Friday (5 December) we once again welcomed Sir Timothy Ackroyd to Adlington Hall. Sir Tim has been to Adlington before to perform his unique one-man readings and this year he kindly returned to perform the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol.’
The event had sold out by early November and the Hall was all set with handmade wreaths and displays by our own Gardeners. The fire was stoked and roaring, ready to welcome our guests for mince pies and mulled wine.
One-man readings have been in existence for many years, in essence it is a simple way to present the spoken word, allowing the narrative to remain as perhaps originally intended, uncluttered by sets or costume. With this year’s reading Sir Tim used Dickens’ own version of ‘A Christmas Carol’ which he himself adapted for his own public performances.
Sir Tim believes selecting a text is often a matter of luck and this Summer he appeared at a literary festival ‘Words and Wickets’ to read a story entitled ‘The Match’. You may have guessed this was about cricket, by an author named Stacey Aumonier, but it shows the diversity of one-man readings and how they can be about a wide range of subjects and not necessarily from famous texts.
One-man readings are different but they are also extremely enjoyable and Sir Tim is a master of the art form. The evening was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. We hope to welcome him back in the future for more events.