Bah! Humbug! a Downtown Eastside Christmas Carol
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
149 W. Hastings St.
Starring Juno-Award Winning Musician Jim Byrnes as Scrooge!
A contemporary adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Bah! Humbug! parallels the economic disparities between Victorian England and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Reconceived as a reading and musical event where Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Hastings Street, this presentation includes community actors working alongside professional actors from the city. This imaginative production offers a new twist on a cherished classic that celebrates the transformative power of human redemption.
Commissioned and co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre with support from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Bah! Humbug! is a benefit for the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside involved community arts and non-arts organizations.
Directed by Max Reimer, Bah! Humbug! features Juno award-winning musician Jim Byrnes, taking on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge for the first time, First Nations actor Margo Kane as the narrator, musician and actor Steve Maddock as Jacob Marley, and gospel and blues singer/actor Tom Pickett as Bob Cratchit. These Vancouver favourites are joined by a cast of professional and DTES community actors. Musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites, directed by Neil Weisensel.
A Woodward’s tradition, each year the family-friendly adaptation contains new twists and turns while highlighting the vital issues affecting Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
“At the darkest hour of a winter’s night, Scrooge confronts spirits of the past, present and future. Emerging from Coast Salish land buried under city sidewalks, they bring the old pawn broker face to face with memories he cannot bear and relationships he cannot heal,” says Savannah Walling, Artistic Director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, “Dickens’ haunting ghost story is filled with social satire, heartbreak and compassion. We hope that our music filled adaptation shines the light of truth on this old tale and today’s Downtown Eastside.”
This is a uniquely local version of A Christmas Carol like you’ve never experienced before.