Dickens classic showcases budding Highbury actors

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Students from Highbury College Theatre Company are preparing to tread the boards in their very first performance of Scrooge this week.

Actors pooled from a mix of mainstream students and those with learning difficulties promise to wow audiences with the show, their version of all-time Dickensian favourite A Christmas Carol.

The students taking part say the production has been a great experience

Kyle Major, 17, a first year performing arts student who plays Scrooge, said: 'It was great fun, playing a character so different from myself.

'I've had to do some voice work which is something I've never done before.'

Gareth Noble, 21, who juggles the roles of Tiny Tim and the Ghost of Christmas Future, said: 'I will miss it when it's finished.'

Lexi Saunders, 17, a member of the Independent Living and Working Skills department for students with learning difficulties or disabilities, added: 'I'm a fairy. I look beautiful and this is lovely.'

Feleena Elkington, Highbury College performing arts lecturer, wrote and directed the play.

She said: 'For most of the mainstream students it's their first experience of working with people with learning difficulties, and teaches them a great deal of patience.

'For our ILWS students, it's a brilliant confidence and independence building activity.'

Tickets to Scrooge, at the college's Performance Theatre are 5 each or 3 in groups of 10 or more.

Showings are today at 2.30pm and 7pm and tomorrow at 3pm.