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A Dickensian Christmas in July

A Dickensian Christmas in July

Date & Time

July 26, 2022 - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm


Free Special Event
SMSA Members Only

 

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Event Outline:

  • 12.30pm – Light refreshments served
  • 1.00pm – A reading from A Christmas Carol, read by Geoffrey Usher
  • Approximately 1.30pm – Film screening: The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • 3.30pm – Event ends

 

 

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This event has been rescheduled from 2021 after cancellation due to COVID-19.

 

Mask wearing is strongly encouraged in our theatre. Please be mindful of social distancing where possible.

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Image credits: Parallel Films, Rhombus Media, The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017). A Christmas Carol book cover, Penguin Puffin Classics.

Free Member-only Special Event

Embrace winter by celebrating Christmas in July with delicious refreshments and a cosy Dickens reading before settling in to watch a Christmas film.

Light refreshments will be served in our foyer after which Geoffrey Usher will take us on a memorable journey with his reading from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

This will be followed by a screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer, which tells the true story of the inspiration behind Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and how an ongoing tradition was created.

Event details

This event will be held in person at SMSA’s Henry Carmichael Theatre at Level 1, 280 Pitt Street Sydney.

This event is open to SMSA Members only. Registration to attend this event is essential due to limited capacity.

To discover our member benefits and to become an SMSA Member, click here.

Event Outline:

  • 12.30pm – Light refreshments served
  • 1.00pm – A reading from A Christmas Carol, read by Geoffrey Usher
  • Approximately 1.30pm – Film screening: The Man Who Invented Christmas
  • 3.30pm – Event ends
THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT – REGISTER FOR THE WAITLIST HERE

 

 About the Film

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Directed by Bharat Nalluri

Biographical Comedy Drama| English | 104 mins | PG

Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce

In 1843, Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) is suffering financial hardship after the failure of his last few books. Rejected by his publishers, he sets out to write a new book, and publish it himself, to restore his finances. Seeing inspiration around London and using his vivid imagination, he begins writing A Christmas Carol, due in six weeks in order to be published by Christmas. As Charles develops the story, he interacts with the characters that manifest in front of him, most notably Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), resulting in an unforgettable tale that redefined Christmas.

About Geoffrey Usher

A Unitarian minister who was at Sydney Unitarian Church 1976-1991, Geoff Usher is a former teacher and professional actor.

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 Australia.

A member of the international Dickens Fellowship since 1970, Geoff is also a member of the NSW Dickens Society.

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Date & Time

July 26, 2022 - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Location

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

Henry Carmichael Theatre

280 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000

Level 3

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