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THE DICKENS OF A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS The Cameo Players  at Hylands House 9th December 2012 "Mr Dickens dead ? Then will Father Christmas die too?"  Such was the identification of the merry-making with the  "man who invented Christmas" in the popular Victorian mind. Cameo Players' accomplished actors reminded us, in this  year's Hylands House festivities that many of the traditions  we know and love were invented, or revived, in the nineteenth  century, and most of them were celebrated in the works of  Charles Dickens. Reeking punch, Mr Winkle getting his skates  on, old Mrs Wardle and her ghost story, Fezziwig's ball, and a  Christmas Carol, of course, with Alfred Knightbridge as Scrooge  to the life. Some less familiar, less Victorian pieces too.  Particularly moving were Wendy Cope's The Christmas Life, read  by Vicky Tropman, and Leonard Clark's Singing In The Streets,  read by Lindsay Lloyd, who devised this seasonal anthology. Music from Doublet maintained the atmosphere; with The Snow  It Melts the Soonest, and Mr Wardle's very own Dingley Dell carol  amongst the crackers on offer. And a tongue-in-cheek finish, a  doggerel panto version of A Christmas Carol, ["I promise you I will  atone / Please scrub my name from off that stone!"] with John  Peregrine wearing paper chains as Marley's Ghost, and tinsel as  Christmas Past, Philip Wilson as Cratchit,  Sarah Slaughter as  Tiny Tim, Belle, and the Boy who fetches the prize turkey. Reviews Picture Gallery Cast Members The Future Costumes