Saturday, 8 January 2011


Heroes of London Fringe entertainment, the multi-talented Giant Olive cast does not fail to impress! Giant Olive was founded in 2008 and has since produced 15 plays which are mostly classics but are also accompanied by dance, contemporary and new writing plays. The company has built a strong foundation and has an exciting, ambitious programme for 2011.

Their production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that I saw recently at The Lion & Unicorn pub in Kentish town was a far cry from some of London's more elaborate stages. However the 'lo-fi' & informal set added a unique and intimate atmosphere; wooden chairs, the faint sound of hound and I was even up close enough to see a miser with a tear in his eye. The venue didn't seem over crowded but it was dark - a perfect setting for the tale of old Scrooge!

Keep an eye out this new year for up and coming Giant Olive productions. It was a really enjoyable experience.

Hear the cast of ‘A Christmas Carol’ on radio 4

See the website:

Peter Gerald (Ebenezer Scrooge), Maud Arrault (Belle), Juliet Lundholm
(Belle's Sister)

Maud Arrault (Belle), James Scott (Young Scrooge)

Peter Gerald (Ebenezer Scrooge

Becky Pennick (Ghost of Christmas Present), Peter Gerald (Ebenezer Scrooge)

Photographs Copyright JJ Rist for Giant Olive.

Mairead Gillespie x

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