Project Description

‘Ingenious take on a family’s Christmas crisis’

The Guardian

‘Sam Holcroft’s family Christmas comedy is all familiar stuff, but it’s performed with abrasive energy and is still horribly funny’

The Times

‘I left aching with laughter’

The Stage

‘Glorious bun fight’

Daily Mail

‘Hilariously extreme’

BBC Radio

‘The. Best. Stage. Fight. Ever. Period’

The Nene Quirer

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas Day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang.


Writer – Sam Holcroft
Director – Simon Godwin
Designer – Lily Arnold
Lighting Designer – Matt Daw
Composer & Sound Designer – Mark Melville
Video Designer – Andrzej Goulding
Movement Director – Shelley Maxwell
Fight Director – Kev McCurdy
Casting Director – Hancock Stevenson Casting
Associate Director – Spencer Noll
Associate Lighting Designer – Sam Waddington
Advertising & Marketing – Joe Public Ltd
Press & Publicity – Kate Morley PR


Jane Booker
Jolyon Coy
Ed Hughes
Carlyss Peer
Laura Rogers
Paul Shelley

Produced for and on behalf of English Touring Theatre, The Royal & Derngate Northampton & Rose Theatre Kingston