Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Theatre -

AS Christ­mas fast ap­proaches, get ready for a mad­cap dash through the silly sea­son.

From the North Pole through to Beth­le­hem and back, Elfin Pro­duc­tions is de­liv­er­ing never-be­fore-told tales of Christ­mas at the Lat­vian Cen­tre The­atre.

Writ­ten and di­rected by Rivervale res­i­dent John Grimshaw, This is Christ­mas fea­tures var­i­ous iconic fig­ures such as Je­sus, Santa Claus, Ru­dolph, Prancer and three ques­tion­ably wise men.

Calder plays three char­ac­ters in the show; Leroy, Martin and Obidiah.

“Leroy is the main role and is a gang­ster-rap­per type,” he said. “He’s try­ing to con a shop­ping cen­tre over Santa call­ing his sis­ter a ‘ho ho ho’.

“John Grimshaw asked me to au­di­tion for the role and, given This is Christ­mas also fea­tures other peo­ple I’ve worked with be­fore, the show ap­pealed to me.

“This is Christ­mas is the fes­tive sea­son as you've prob­a­bly never seen be­fore – or will – again,” Grimshaw said.

Grimshaw was in­spired to write an­other Yule­tide-themed show af­ter his pre­vi­ous suc­cess and en­joy­ment with The Karaoke Twist Christ­mas Spe­cial.

“The in­ten­tion with This is Christ­mas is to make it a ‘fun- for-all’ for all cast and crew, as well the au­di­ences,” he said.

Elfin Pro­duc­tions is Grimshaw’s lat­est com­pany.

The show con­tains adult themes.

The three wise men Graeme Cross, Cal­lum Calder of South Perth and Bob Mor­shidi.

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