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Santa Must Die! – Alphabetti Theatre

Santa Must Die! is a raucous new gig theatre show for the gig economy at the most difficult time  of the year!

Santa Must Die! is a raucous new gig theatre show for the gig economy at the most difficult time  of the year! This production by archipelago, written by Rosie MacPherson, with performers  Rhian Liu and Robin Ravi is a different kind of festive story about when Christmas is all work and  no play. It looks at finding joy in unexpected places and fighting against that which is meant to  keep you down. 

Nadia and Abed might just be the next big thing. They are the duo behind The North’s greatest  Punk band this side of the Seventies, and for one night only they’re playing their local. But it’s  Christmas eve, and Santa is a bad boss. Dealing with unending queues of demanding, entitled  customers, minimum wage, unpaid overtime and zero hours contracts means the elves are  ready to riot. 

Inspired by many friends who’ve had bad jobs over Christmas, with long hours and barely any  time off, Santa Must Die! looks at the fact that, for most of us, Christmas is actually a busy and  stressful time. Made in conversation with local people in Bradford and Newcastle who have  experience of working on zero hours contracts at Christmas, this is a Christmas show for  audiences who like their theatre with a bit of bite. Taking the riotous punk energy of  archipelago’s previous show about our NHS in crisis, An Act of Care, the company have been  inspired by the heart of traditional Christmas shows and brought them to the stage in this  production – expect audience interaction, panto-like tropes, great music, genre-bending video projections and a heartfelt story about workers coming together to fight against the corporate  greed of Father Christmas.  

Santa Must Die! 

Dates Thursday 16th – Friday 24th December 2021 | Wednesday 29th– Friday 31st December 2021 

7.30pm, plus 1pm Saturday matinees 

Wednesday 22nd December (7:30pm) – captioned performance 

Wednesday 29th December (7:30pm) – audio described 

Saturday 18th December (1pm) – relaxed 

Location Alphabetti Theatre, St James’ Blvd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4HP 

Box Office Booking essential. Tickets are Pay What You Feel and are available from