Homeless group to perform Christmas Carol ‘with twist’

Francis as Ebenezer Scrooge.
Francis as Ebenezer Scrooge.

A group of homeless people are putting on a play in Lancaster this Christmas where Ebenezer Scrooge becomes a drug dealer.

The Alternative Outcomes theatre company, made up of a group who use Lancaster District Homeless Action Service, will perform ‘A Christmas Carol’ with a modern twist.

The team of between 10 and 15 people also have responsibility for costumes, lighting, production and marketing.

Their reworked and modernised Christmas tale is called Ebenezer Dealer.

Scrooge is a drug dealer who learns the error of his ways after a life obsessed by money, drink and drugs.

Alternative Outcomes, formed last year, meet weekly at The Dukes Centre for Creative Learning in Lancaster.

The Life’s A Stage project, attracted £13,000 from the European Social Fund and was inspired by members of the group reading their life stories.

The idea was then developed by former creative learning officer, Paul Adams, and awardwinning television writer, Ian Kershaw.

“The message of the story is that everyone can change,” said Paul.

“Developing this play has made the group feel valued, raised their self-esteem and improved their confidence.”

The half-hour play will also be touring to homeless action centres across the North West including The Brick in Wigan on December 1, Bannister House, Preston on December 2 and Impact Housing in Kendal on December 5 before returning to The Dukes where it will be performed in The Rake on December 10.

Tickets for the show are free.

For more information and to book your free tickets, phone The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit www.dukes-lancaster.org