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Christmassy tips round-up 2020/21

By | Published on Friday 18 December 2020

A couple of years ago we decided that – because loads of shows that we tipped in the latter part of the year are still running throughout December, and some even into January – we should give you a reminder, in our last communication of the year, as to what those are.

Some of the events fall into the category of “Christmas show”, while others might appeal to those of you not that interested in Christmas, but still looking for stuff to do over the holiday.

We weren’t able to add those shows to the official festive tips in our pre-Christmas bulletin of course, because they had already been tipped and you only get tipped once, that’s the rule!

However, with many people looking for extra things to do over the Christmas period, we decided to do a quick round up of those previously tipped shows that still feel relevant as the festive period gets fully underway.

It seems more important than ever to do that this year, when options for entertainment – or even getting out of the house – will feel limited. So, here we go. Let’s start with some Christmassy family-friendly fare to keep the whole household engaged together.

There’s ‘Christmas Is Ruined’ from The Cockpit, which was supposed to be a socially distanced event, but will now be available online. You’ve just got time to tune into The Space’s ‘The Saving Of Santa’ and Theatre503 panto ‘The Fairytale Revolution’, both of which are on until 23 Dec.

And speaking of panto, don’t forget Sleeping Trees’ ‘The Legend Of Moby Dick Whittington’ – and ‘Snow White In The Seven Months Of Lockdown’ from Charles Court Opera via The King’s Head Theatre – both available until the end of the month. Finally, there’s Polka Theatre’s short puppet-y film of ‘A Christmas Carol’ (pictured), online until 27 Dec, and Tea Break Theatre’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which ends on 30 Dec.

Onto some less directly festive stuff, and if you’re fond of interactive / immersive / experiential things then we have a trio of choices for you: there’s Silvia Mercuriali’s ‘Swimming Home’, which is on until mid January; ‘Play Inside: Other Mothers’ from Splash & Ripple and WeRebel, which we covered in a recent Q&A; and ‘The Mermaids Tongue’, which also featured in a Caro Meets interview earlier this year, on well into the spring.

If you are looking for some good quality theatre to take in over the holiday, a fair number of past tipped shows are still available to you: there’s Dael Orlandersmith’s ‘Until The Flood’, via the Traverse Online Festival; Theatre Nation’s ‘Zoo Motel’ by Thaddeus Phillips, which you can book into until the end of January, ‘The Haunting Of Alice Bowles’ from Original Theatre Online, available until 28 Feb, and ‘My Beautiful Launderette’ from Leicester’s Curve Theatre, which I think will be around until venues open properly.

Meanwhile, the final instalment from the Hope Theatre’s previously tipped ‘Hope At Home’ strand, ’21 Round For Christmas’ becomes available this week. There’s also Caroline Horton’s ‘All Of Me’, via audio or Twine, and Kali Theatre’s complete Autumn Solos season. And New Old Friends continue to release their ‘Crimes Against Christmas’ audio instalments until 24 Dec.

Finally, just two last things, and we are going out with some festive music to warm your hearts. There’s the ‘Follow The Stars’ Macmillan Carol Concert available until the end of the month, and Electric Voice Theatre’s lovely musical advent calendar, which you can access here.

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