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A Christmas Carol: Public Reading by Geoffrey Usher

A Christmas Carol: Public Reading by Geoffrey Usher

Date & Time

December 14, 2023 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join us for a public reading of Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol by Geoffrey Usher.

About A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens famous festive tale A Christmas Carol was first published in 1843 and has become a firm holiday favourite ever since.

Attending this event will be a great way to kick start the festive season and get you in the holiday mood.

The story of A Christmas Carol follows Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean and bitter old man who hates Christmas. However, on one cold Christmas Eve everything changes. Three ghosts visit Scrooge leading him on a terrifying journey. The ghosts take Scrooge to view his past, present and future, so he can see the error of his cruel ways. This festive tale has twists and turns, ghosts and ghouls and a heartwarming sentiment.

About Geoffrey Usher

Geoffrey Usher is a former teacher, professional actor and was a Unitarian minister at Sydney Unitarian Church between 1976-1991.

He served as Minister of Upper Chapel, Sheffield, England, 1991-2010. In 1993, to mark the 150th anniversary of its publication, he gave his first public reading of A Christmas Carol. It became a much-acclaimed annual part of Sheffield’s Christmas celebrations until he retired in 2010 and returned to his native Australia.

A member of the international Dickens Fellowship since 1970, Geoff is now Treasurer of the NSW Dickens Society. We are excited for Geoffrey to continue this tradition with our 2023 public reading at SMSA.

Event program:

11:00am – 11:45am – Introduction & Public Reading (1st half)

11:45am – 12:15pm – Intermission with Christmas Cake and tea & coffee served

12:15pm – 1pm – Public Reading (2nd half)

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Date & Time

December 14, 2023 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, Pitt Street, Sydney NSW, Australia

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

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