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WGBH Forum Network; Charles Dickens' A Chrismas Carol with Ashley Ramsden I

12/25/2005

Charles Dickens' A Chrismas Carol with Ashley Ramsden I Ashley Ramsden, master storyteller, actor English master storyteller and actor Ashley Ramsden portrays all 23 characters in this Dickens classic, each with vivid and distinctive clarity. Ramsden's performance embraces the original masterpiece, transporting listeners back to Victorian England and conjuring up the sinister back alleys, cobblestone streets and ghostly apparitions that are the story's hallmarks. The power of Dickens' writing comes from extraordinary personal experience. At the age of 12, Charles Dickens was forced by court order to work in a rat-infested factory to earn enough money to free his family from the Marshalsea debtor's prison in 1824. These stark beginnings left an indelible impression that haunted young Dickens and established a rallying point for the rest of his life. His prolific writing, driven by his desire to awaken a society indifferent to human suffering, established him as a champion of the masses. A Christmas Carol is profoundly relevant today because the gulf between wealthy and poor, powerful and powerless, is as significant now as it was in Dickensian England. A Christmas Carol is a banner of compassion carried by its main character, Scrooge, as he is transformed by his sense of common decency and obligation to humanity. Sounds from around the world, including recordings made in remote European villages, recreate in convincing detail Dickens' pre-automotive pre-electrical world. Music written by composers of Dickens' era and original music commissioned for this broadcast inspired by traditional folk lyrics and ancient Christmas poems enhance the depth, authenticity and richness of the program. Part I


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Charles Dickens' A Chrismas Carol with Ashley Ramsden I
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3257; 3258

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CHARLES DICKENS' A CHRISMAS CAROL WITH ASHLEY RAMSDEN I ASHLEY RAMSDEN, MASTER STORYTELLER, ACTOR

ENGLISH MASTER STORYTELLER AND ACTOR ASHLEY RAMSDEN PORTRAYS ALL 23 CHARACTERS IN THIS DICKENS CLASSIC, EACH WITH VIVID AND DISTINCTIVE CLARITY. RAMSDEN'S PERFORMANCE EMBRACES THE ORIGINAL MASTERPIECE, TRANSPORTING LISTENERS BACK TO VICTORIAN ENGLAND AND CONJURING UP THE SINISTER BACK ALLEYS, COBBLESTONE STREETS AND GHOSTLY APPARITIONS THAT ARE THE STORY'S HALLMARKS.

THE POWER OF DICKENS' WRITING COMES FROM EXTRAORDINARY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. AT THE AGE OF 12, CHARLES DICKENS WAS FORCED BY COURT ORDER TO WORK IN A RAT-INFESTED FACTORY TO EARN ENOUGH MONEY TO FREE HIS FAMILY FROM THE MARSHALSEA DEBTOR'S PRISON IN 1824. THESE STARK BEGINNINGS LEFT AN INDELIBLE IMPRESSION THAT HAUNTED YOUNG DICKENS AND ESTABLISHED A RALLYING POINT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HIS PROLIFIC WRITING, DRIVEN BY HIS DESIRE TO AWAKEN A SOCIETY INDIFFERENT TO HUMAN SUFFERING, ESTABLISHED HIM AS A CHAMPION OF THE MASSES.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS PROFOUNDLY RELEVANT TODAY BECAUSE THE GULF BETWEEN WEALTHY AND POOR, POWERFUL AND POWERLESS, IS AS SIGNIFICANT NOW AS IT WAS IN DICKENSIAN ENGLAND. A CHRISTMAS CAROL IS A BANNER OF COMPASSION CARRIED BY ITS MAIN CHARACTER, SCROOGE, AS HE IS TRANSFORMED BY HIS SENSE OF COMMON DECENCY AND OBLIGATION TO HUMANITY.

SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING RECORDINGS MADE IN REMOTE EUROPEAN VILLAGES, RECREATE IN CONVINCING DETAIL DICKENS' PRE-AUTOMOTIVE PRE-ELECTRICAL WORLD. MUSIC WRITTEN BY COMPOSERS OF DICKENS' ERA AND ORIGINAL MUSIC COMMISSIONED FOR THIS BROADCAST INSPIRED BY TRADITIONAL FOLK LYRICS AND ANCIENT CHRISTMAS POEMS ENHANCE THE DEPTH, AUTHENTICITY AND RICHNESS OF THE PROGRAM. PART I

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Chicago: “WGBH Forum Network; Charles Dickens' A Chrismas Carol with Ashley Ramsden I,” 12/25/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_F705BC75D0D84817A6195BA4C894F71C.
MLA: “WGBH Forum Network; Charles Dickens' A Chrismas Carol with Ashley Ramsden I.” 12/25/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/A_F705BC75D0D84817A6195BA4C894F71C>.
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