Hannah Khalil presents Mrs Scrooge

Living Magazines Mrs Scrooge artwork

From Sarah Gain Productions, Hannah Khalil presents Mrs Scrooge – a digital interactive story for children aged 4-9 years old – which features in Fly High Stories’ free Winter theatre project: 12 Tiny Plays for children and their grownups. Children will be guided by a delightful cast of characters on screen, with lots of participation activities along the way, bringing them right into the middle of the story. Mrs Scrooge is released on Saturday 5 December 2020.

Mrs Scrooge is miserable and it’s up to the children to try and cheer her up. Guided by a friendly Tree, a helpful Mouse and a very noisy Dustbin Lady, the children are drawn into the story to help bring a smile to Mrs Scrooge’s face. With singing, drawing, crafting and more, the magical sense of theatre comes directly into the home or classroom, encouraging viewers to play with Mrs Scrooge and discover what it means to make an act of kindness. Hannah Khalil’s plays include 15 Heroines, Jermyn Street Theatre; Not The Gingerbread Man, Fly High Stories; and A Museum in Baghdad, RSC.

Mrs Scrooge is produced by Sarah Gain and directed by Rebecca Gadsby – the team behind the interactive digital storybook of Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play Emperor’s New Clothes released earlier this year, and available online now to re-watch. With magical music by Jackson Pentland, Mrs Scrooge is performed by Alice Corrigan, Angela Eyton, Jasmine Forster and Conor Cupples.

Producer Sarah Gain said: ‘After the success of Emperor’s New Clothes, we’re so excited to be bringing Hannah’s script to life and giving children everywhere a chance to enjoy a sense of theatre this winter. This charming play brings children into the heart of the story and encourages them to reach out into their own community to spread some kindness and cheer.’

Mrs Scrooge is just one of many festive plays and theatrical resources available in the 12 Tiny Plays project, presented by Fly High Stories during the month of December. In addition to 12 playscripts about the diverse activities which happen through the Winter months, there will be audio dramas; ‘design pdfs’ to inspire families to create their own sets and dramatic (safe) lighting effects; and a special script tailored for youth theatres. There will be plays about snowflakes, Santa, Chanukah, Diwali, King Arthur losing his presents and many more.

Mrs Scrooge will be available to access via the Fly High Stories website from 5 December 2020: www.flyhighstories.co.uk