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‘Share Six Christmas Crackers This December’
L-R:- Alethea Estill, Kate Woodward-Hay, Andy Bowes, Laura Beresford
Go behind the tinsel to explore an alternative side to Christmas this December with Beach Hut Theatre Company.

On Saturday 9th December, ‘Christmas Crack-Ups’, six short plays by local writers, can be seen for free in Scarborough Library’s main lending area.

Under the dramaturge of Alison Watt, the six stories look at debt, binge drinking, family life and loneliness with a moving or humorous approach.

With sets designed by artist Helen Birmingham, the six plays will run repeatedly throughout the day and the audience can drop-in and watch between 10am and 2pm.

Alison Watt and John Pattison said,
“Christmas is a time of celebration. People come together to delight in family, faith and in the giving and receiving of gifts. But as a festive season, Christmastime also has many varied cultural and social demands that make people behave differently.

"Christmas Crack-ups goes behind the tinsel to explore the other side of Christmas and what it means to be lonely, or in debt, or just having the time of your life.”

Directed by Alison Watt, the six plays featured are ‘Xmas in a Box’ by Elaine Brookes, ‘Tis the Season…to be Lonely’ by Thomas Booth, ‘A Fresh Start’ by Gilly Collinson, ‘All I Want for Christmas…Dude!’ by Will Duffield, ‘Paid in Full’ by Colin Scales and ‘Christmas Bytes Back’ by Sue Wilson.

Alison Watt and John Pattison are the Artistic Directors at Beach Hut Theatre Company.

Alison has written for Soho Theatre, Hull Truck and EastEnders; she is also an award-winning dramaturg, having won the 2016 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Award.

John has written musicals with Alan Ayckbourn and John Godber, and worked as a Musical Director at both The Royal National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Their previous musicals for Beach Hut Theatre Company include the successful musical fantasy comedies, ‘Summer’s Edge’, ‘SnOwQuEeN’ and ‘The Tenants of Wuthering Eyre’.

‘Share Six Christmas Crackers This December’, 1st December 2017, 20:49 PM