We rocked up at The Royal Court Theatre yesterday to see Get Santa! The show is in the downstairs Jerwood theatre and as you enter the room you are greeted by a domestic tableau of any average house in the UK during the festive season. And that’s where normality ends – and thank heavens for that!
It’s a very brave thing to put on a family Christmas show that isn’t a panto. I love panto but only rate two; Hackney Empire and Notting Hill, both of which appeal to my inner London humour. That’s the problem with us townies, we want a little more sophistication and localised innuendo. I grew up on Richmond theatre and the Young Vic panto and I’m tired of the format. That said, I still love to get into the Christmas season with a visit to the theatre.
The premise of the story is that 10 year old Holly has written her Christmas list but all she wants is to meet her real Father. Her Mother has married a dog, yes, a dog, who takes himself out for late night walks (with a doggie bag) and Holly is not happy. She sets a trap for Father Christmas and that’s where the mayhem, and much amusement begins.
Anthony Neilson is somewhat of an enfant terrible of ‘in-yer-face’ theatre which makes him the perfect creator of a somewhat nihilistic and immensely entertaining show. There’s a great review of the play in The Independent, written by Paul Taylor. Watch out for the character Bumblehole – he’s pretty funny, and doubles up as an inflatable turkey and alarmingly doubles as a giant leprachaun towards the end of the performance – or maybe that’s just me! Intrigued? You should be!
If you fancy catching the show, the details are here:
1 Dec 2010 – 22 Jan 2011
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London
Written and directed by Anthony Neilson
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court
Box Office 020 7565 5000 or online
Prices Adults £12, £18, £25. Children (under 16) £8, £10, £12.50. School groups of 8+ £8.
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate)
10.45am: 24, 29, 31 Dec 2010
1.30pm: 20,21,22 30 Dec 2010
3pm: 4, 11, 18, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2010 and 8, 15 Jan 2011
5pm 21, 22 Dec 2010 and 6, 13 Jan 2011
7pm 14, 17, 18, 23 Dec 2010 and 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15 Jan 2011