Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Bah! Humbug! 2015
Bah! Humbug! returns for a sixth year featuring Juno-Award Winning musician Jim Byrnes* as Ebenezer Scrooge. Don't miss this festive, seasonal Woodward's tradition!
With a script that is fine-tuned annually in response to the current issues affecting Vancouver’s DTES, Bah! Humbug! is Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol reconceived: a modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone.
Directed by Max Reimer*, Bah! Humbug! features Juno award-winning musician Jim Byrnes* as Ebenezer Scrooge, actress Margo Kane* as the narrator, actor Jonathan Holmes* as Marley, and gospel and blues singer/actor Bill Croft 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 Don Hardy.
Strathcona-based artist Richard Tetrault, responsible for over 40 public mural projects in the city, presents large scale projections of his mono-prints and linocuts of the back alleys, ravens, and houses of East Vancouver. The angelic sounds of a children's choir will fill the theatre rafters, and the audience will also be invited to sing along with the cast.
From the songs of Nine Inch Nails to Buffy Sainte Marie, musical performances are diverse and include pop songs, folk, blues, gospel and industrial rock along with traditional seasonal favourites.
This imaginative all-ages production offers a bittersweet twist on a cherished classic that celebrates the transformative power of human redemption. Now more than 150 years old, Dickens’ timeless story remains relevant today, especially in light of parallels between the economic disparities of Victorian London and Vancouver’s DTES.
Commissioned and co-produced by SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs with Vancouver Moving Theatre in partnership with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, Bah! Humbug! supports the flagship Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside arts and non-arts organizations.
“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.”
*Appear with permission from Canadian Actors Equity