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A Christmas Carol

Set and Puppet Designer

A two hander, with puppets, shadows, live music and all in two socially distanced weeks of preparation!  I designed the set for two different Watermill productions.  Prior to the wintry, poverty-stricken streets in A Christmas Carol the set had evoked a landscape spanning the life of Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930, in Lone Flyer.  See production shots here.

"Nicolson's shadow puppetry artfully boosts cast numbers... [this] retelling of Dickens' story succeeds magnificently in bringing comfort and cheer at this difficult time. The great writer would surely have been proud." What's On Stage ★★★★

"A five-star review on so many levels. Just being a small out-of-town venue that is running at around 34% capacity due to government guidelines deserves worthy applause, but producing a Dickens classic with two musician-actors that does not cut any corners but enhances the transportation of novel to stage is a true delight." Musical Theatre Review ★★★★

 "[A] hearty, haunting adaptation beautifully and simply told." The Stage ★★★★

""every element of this show is lovely, well made, detailed, delivered by a faultless cast and creative team... leaves its audience with such an infectious sense of joy and the possibility of human nature" The Spy in the Stalls ★★★★

Pocket Size Theatre ★★★★

"Isobel Nicolson’s atmospheric set with dark grey brick walls with washing hanging on lines and old gas lights creates Dickens’s squalid London. Look out for the shadow puppets and some ingenious projections." British Theatre Guide

"A thrilling production with plenty of bah humbug and festive cheer." Muddy Stilettos

Adapted by Danielle Pearson

Director: Georgie Staight

Lighting Designer: Harry Amytage

Sound Designer: Tom Marshall

Musical Directors: Pete Ashmore & Tilly-Mae Millbrook

Costume Designer: Emily Barratt

Photos: Pamela Raith

Venue: Watermill Theatre

See photos of Lone Flyer here

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