“Scrooge Scrooge, what a horrible man, if you see him coming, run as fast as you can!”

Our adaptation of A Christmas Carol as a Play in a Day is a real treat for the whole school.  In just one school day one class of pupils will learn all about Charles Dickens’ Victorian classic and perform an abridged version to the rest of the school and parents too.

The Play in a Day uses Dickens original text merged with fun narration, new poems and physical ensemble scenes to bring Victorian London to life in your school hall.  Our practitioner arrives armed with a box of costumes and props to give your Play in a Day a real wow factor and the day finishes with a great Christmas sing-a-long; what a fantastic event!

All of our English Play in a Days allow children to explore a particular text or writer and to develop an understanding of the storyline while unpicking language, learning about characters and developing their confidence.

The structure of a Play in a Day:

  • We start with warm ups and ‘getting to know you’ activities
  • Then we move on to exploring the topic, through games and activities.
  • We begin work on the play and every child plays a part in creating the characters, atmosphere and telling the story. Children are not given scripts, lines are delivered aurally and remembered through action & repetition – this makes the Play in a Day format totally accessible and inclusive.
  • We reinforce learning and understanding throughout the day through questioning, break out activities and plenary games.
  • Children are given costume and props and we integrate music during the day too!
  • Around 2:30pm your invited audience arrive – this can be another class, the rest of the school and/or parents.
  • The performance takes place – children put everything they’ve learnt into practice.
  • Following wild applause, children are presented with a certificate and your class teacher gets a lovely resource pack of follow up activities to do in class.

Key focus of the A Christmas Carol Play in a Day

  • The storyline and plot, including all key characters and events
  • Characterisation of Scrooge
  • Structure of the story and use of literary techniques
  • Historical context

“The Play in a Day engaged the children’s interest in the book and was a really fun confidence boost for the children.  Sean from Altru was fantastic as ever – a super engaging style with the children.  Today was brilliant at motivating them and making learning fun.” Vanessa O’Neill, Class Teacher, St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Sefton