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26/12/2012

Charles Dickens’ Scrooge classic in Klingon

Charles Dickens' Scrooge classic in Klingon

(From Daily Mail) Sci-fi nuts in Chicago have staged the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol entirely in Klingon, the fictional language of the villainous alien race in Star Trek.

The play is being staged at the Raven Theatre in Chicago in the language created more than 30 years ago for the Star Trek race of long-haired, ridge-foreheaded warriors.

Those who do not speak the language can enjoy the unfolding drama thanks to English subtitles.

The play includes a puppet with the race’s distrinctive clothing and alien features that is used to represent Tiny Tim.

It was written by Christopher O. Kidder and Sasha Walloch and was originally translated by Laura Thurston, Bill Hedrick and Christopher O. Kidder.

The play’s synopsis states: ‘SQuja’ (Scrooge) has no honor, nor any courage. Can three ghosts help him to become the true warrior he ought to be in time to save Tiny Tim from a horrible fate?

‘Performed in the Original Klingon with English Supertitles, and narrative analysis from The Vulcan (the highly logical race to which Spock belongs) Institute of Cultural Anthropology.’

Although Klingon has a small vocabulary of between 2,000 and 3,000 words, it is the most spoken fictional language in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

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