Bristol Theatre News

Tobacco Factory Theatres Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas Show

  • Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas comes to audiences through digital partnership
  • Bristol’s Pins and Needles Productions team up with Tobacco Factory Theatres, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Wales Millennium Centre

A digital partnership this December sees Tobacco Factory Theatres utilising new methods of creating innovative Christmas theatre by embracing digital streaming.

The Bristol theatre is working with local company Pins and Needles Productions alongside the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, to bring Raymond Briggs’ story Father Christmas to audiences watching at home.

With coronavirus killing off the theatre’s annual calendar highlight at the Southville based theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres looked for new ways of entertaining its audiences through a treacherous time for the arts.

Mike Tweddle, Artistic Director and David Dewhurst, Acting Executive Director, said: “Pins and Needles are a much-loved and respected Bristol company with outstanding instincts for theatrical invention and magical storytelling. We were collaborating with them on a bold new co-production for Christmas, before the world changed. We therefore couldn’t be happier to be still joining forces with them and co-producers the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on this innovative, world-class offering of family theatre, specially reimagined and filmed for audiences at home.”

The much-loved story has been adapted by Pins and Needles, with direction by Emma Earle and associate director Eva Sampson with Hannah Drake as assistant director.

The design comes from Zoe Squire, lighting by George Ogilvie, music and sound by Lucy Rivers, puppet design by Max Humphries and with dramaturg Adam Peck.

The high quality digital recording of the show will be streamed online between Wednesday 09 and Thursday 24 December 2020, with tickets starting at £10. Audiences can choose when to watch the show and do as many times as they like between those dates.

The show runs at one hour in length and is aimed at children aged 8 years and under with their families.

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Production photo: Richard Lakos