media release

New twists for Bah! Humbug!

December 05, 2013


Leanne Prain, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, 778.782.9223  

Kamilah Charters-Gabanek, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Victorian England meets Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) from Dec. 12-14, with Bah! Humbug!, a modern day adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This SFU seasonal tradition runs for four readings at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, and features Juno award-winning musician Jim Byrnes in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

“Each year the adaptation has different creative twists and turns as we continue to highlight vital issues affecting the DTES,” says Michael Boucher, Director of Cultural Programs & Partnerships for SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs.

Reconceived as a reading and musical event where Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Hastings Street, Savannah Walling, artistic director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, draws parallels between the timeless story and the economic disparities of Vancouver’s DTES.

“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,” she states.

Bah! Humbug! is 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. The adaptation benefits the Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, which partners each year with forty-plus Downtown Eastside involved community arts and non-arts organizations.

Tickets are $25 for adults ($15 for students/seniors) and can be purchased online or at the door one hour before show time. Members of the public can also attend a preview show (for media) on Dec. 11, with a suggested donation of $5.

For more information on SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs please visit this page.

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