A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong
I bet nobody else in the cult TV blogosphere is blogging about this show by the wonderful Mischief Theatre behind The Play That Goes Wrong and who have Dame Diana Rigg starring with them. I have blogged about their Goes Wrong Show here before and series 2 of that show will be available on DVD shortly if it isn't already.
The background to this Christmas Carol is this:
And you know what, it's wonderful. They fight over playing Scrooge ( ending up with three Scrooges at one point). The entire cast of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society threatens to resign. Props disappear - luckily not the ones the lines are written on. Which is really lucky because Jonathan Sayer does a great act of not remembering a single line he has ever learned. Chris Leask as stage manager has more presence than usual because he has to keep appearing and making things work. Marley's ghost falls through a hole created by dropping his heavy chains. The green screen software goes wrong and so we see a scene of Paris. Members of the cast discussing their love lives is broadcast. Tiny Tim is played by Henry Shields who's a big chap. Apparently in external scenes the cast even came into contact with people not involved and created havoc.
This show is an absolute delight. Besides, you won't get to see Diana Rigg run over Derek Jacobi anywhere else!
In fact I heartily recommend everything Mischief do because of their impeccable work on all aspects of making their shows go wrong, including the publicity:
You can see part of the play which made their name here:
To finish here are Mischief having an interview go wrong:
I do have other things in mind to blog about soon but since this is my definitive Christmas post I will take this opportunity to wish a hoppy Yuletide to all my readers!
(Oh - if you want more Mischief there is also a Nativity complete with nine wise men, the piano bursting into flames and there definitely is room at the inn.)