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A Christmas Carol

The Richard Burton Company, RWCMD

MAKER – Phantom Puppets

Story by Charles Dickens

Adapted by Neil Bartlett

Directed by Sean Linnen

Set Design by Nerys Akers 

Costume and Puppet Design by Rosie Berry

Lighting Design by Toby Gray

Production Photography by Kirsten McTernan 

An ensemble adaptation of Dickens’ beloved yuletide story, A Christmas Carol was performed at the Royal Welsh College winter 2023 season in the Richard Burton Theatre. 

Following the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge an elderly miser. He is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come in an attempt to prevent Scrooge’s eternal damnation.

This unique retelling included a live band, a sign-language interpretation, and a choral ensemble.  The phantom puppets were the tortured souls that accompanied Marley’s ghost.


The three Giant Phantom Ghosts’ heads were sculpted with chicken wire and paper machéd. The hands were made from cardboard and paper. Rendered with acrylic paint. The custom aluminum backpacks were made to fit and additional padding was added for comfort.