The Lantern Theatre Company and White Box Theatre collaborated to make an original adaption of Dylan Thomas’s well-loved poem A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Thomas’s playful smart language takes us through a Christmas day in Welsh seaside village through the eyes of a boy inviting us to join him as he relives his childhood: a larger-than-life world of imagination, myth, and wonder. United with Thomas’ comic prose Mundheim’s three-dimensional storybook (sculpture, puppetry and physical theatre) transports audiences of all ages, bringing this classic poem to life. Running time 60 minutes
A Child’s Christmas In Wales
"Words cannot express the euphoria … returning theatre to its roots in storytelling, imagination, and making tangible the impossible."
"The language is enchanting and the poetry shines with an unearthly radiance."
Video by Theresa Thao Nguyen
Video by Natural Light Films
" … captures all the warmth, nostalgia, and childlike wonder of the original, [poem] …”
“... enchanting theatrical vision."
"A Child's Christmas in Wales is a Christmas show for people… who love stage enchantment without cliché or trite sentimentality. Do yourself a favor and recapture some of the innocent magic of childhood as displayed by this wonderful piece of work."
Proscenium or black box stage – One or two sided viewing
Audience Capacity – 250
Approx. 6 hour load-in, 4 hour load-out
Touring capacity: national & international
“A Child’s Christmas in Wales ” includes in-depth hands-on workshops in visual, literary, performing, and media arts. While the performance is a wonderful experience on its own, follow-up workshops allow viewers to explore the themes and concepts introduced in the performance in greater depth. Workshops can vary in length and number and can be tailored for teachers, students, performing arts groups, and topic-specific groups including: literature, sculpture, puppetry, movement, and storytelling.
Adaptation Co-Created by CharlesMacMahon/Lantern Theater Company and Sebastienne Mundheim/White Box Theatre
World Premiere Lantern Theater, Philadelphia
Poem by Dylan Thomas
Directed by Sebastienne Mundheim
Assistant Director: Kate Coots
Sound Design: Rob Kaplowitz
Lighting Design: Shon Causer
Costume Design: Jillian Keys
Cast/Collaborators: Amy Smith, Genevieve Perrier, Charlie Delmarcelle, Doug Hara.
Studio Makers: Watsuki Harrington, Anna DeCaria, Dot Vile, Claire Pitts.
Special Thanks: Whit MacLaughlin, Hassen Saker, Ingrid Boucher, Sara Labov, Jamie Labov.
Photos by Mark Garvin, Sebastienne Mundheim, and Kathryn Raines