The Chimes

Friday 8 December - Saturday 16 December

St John's Church, Canton


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The Chimes

…..a magical new piece of music theatre, packed full of colourful characters and haunting melodies, which has been adapted from the second Christmas story by Charles Dickens.

Writer: David Willis                   Composer: Conor Linehan

Produced and directed by Judith Roberts, in partnership with Chapter.

Venue: St. John’s Church, Canton.

The Story

The Chimes’s biting satire was intended to effect real political change. It addresses issues of homelessness, vagrancy and self-respect and if he were alive today,  Dickens would be clamouring for a capitalist change of heart to address our present ‘Condition of England’ and of the wider world.

In a recent BBC article, Claire Tomalin, author of a new biography on Dickens, points straight to The Chimes to prove that Dickens is talking about what matters in our modern society:

“The ‘hungry forties’ background to A Christmas Carol and The Chimes, for instance, was a period of recession, unemployment and starvation – you don’t need to look far for contemporary relevance.”

Our production

…. captures the true spirit of Christmas.

While life on the streets is physically hard and often dangerous, it’s the emotional isolation and the removal of an identity which devastates.  It’s the fact that you’re completely ignored by the world around you - not seen, not acknowledged, and rendered invisible -  that is so emotionally draining, leaving you without the strength and resilience to begin to tackle the often massive practical problems you face.

True to the spirit of The Chimes, this production has invited a number of men and women who have been homeless and are now striving to rebuild their lives with the support of The Wallich, the Huggard, The Passage and St. Mungo’s to participate in a professional theatre production.

The weaving of the non-professional and professional has, in recent years, created works of stunning originality. Our professional cast and community ensemble have come together to create a magical seasonal alternative, packed full of colourful characters and haunting melodies, which will touch your heart and bring fire to your soul.

Cast: Olivia Rose Aaron, Lucy Benson Brown, Joanna Brookes, Dafydd Emyr,

Gruffydd Evans, Rhys Parry Jones, Matthew Jure, Fergus Rees

and an ensemble of men and women who have been homeless and are now rebuilding their lives with the support of The Wallich, the Huggard, The Passage and St. Mungo’s.

Director: Judith Roberts           Musical Director: Cathal Synnott

Tickets: £16/£12 (please note tickets will not be available to buy at St John's Church. Please buy tickets in advance online, over the phone on 029 2030 4400 or at Chapter) 

If you require a wheelchair space, please contact our box office on 029 2030 4400

Age 14+

Duration: approx 2 hours including interval

Collect your ticket from our Box Office and show it at the Caffi Bar to claim 10% off mulled wine and mince pies!

The Chimes will also be performed at St Johns, Waterloo, London on Tue 19 - Sat 30 December (not 24, 25, 26). Click here to book for the London performances.

To donate to Chapter’s Christmas campaign; The Chimes click here or text ‘CHIM35 £10’ to 70070.

"as much a celebration of human warmth and resilience as an indictment of political systems which thrive on inequity"
Othniel Smith, Arts Scene in Wales
"I doubt you will find a more engaging, moving and politically relevant show"
David Cox, Theatre in Wales
"a very compelling piece"
Michael Kelligan, Theatre in Wales

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