Age guide: 8 - 11yrs: Several interwoven songs and carols; approx 35 mins.
This short musical is a clever interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Match Girl’, which interweaves the original tale with the Nativity story, and places both within a Victorian Christmas fair. It is straightforward to produce as there is relatively little dialogue and most of the action is integral to the songs. It’s a very moving piece, especially when performed in the round.
Everyone is at the fair, rich and poor alike, and most are watching the traditional Nativity play. Meanwhile, Old Tom the chestnut seller tells a group of children the story of ‘The Little Match Girl’. She herself appears, barefoot, grubby and poor, trying to sell her matches – but no-one acknowledges her. Starving and penniless, her only hope lies with the baby in the manger. This powerful short musical reminds us of the need to care for the poorest in our society, as well as pointing to the love and hope that Christmas brings.