Crack-ups at the li­brary

Scar­bor­ough Li­brary, Ver­non Road, Satur­day December 9

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Six World Pre­mieres: Christ­mas Crack-ups will be staged at Scar­bor­ough Li­brary, Ver­non Road, on Satur­day December 9.

Does the prospect of Christ­mas thrill you at the thought of car­ing and shar­ing?

Or does it make you hide away with the Prosecco? How does Christ­mas feel when you haven’t seen your fam­ily for years or you can’t af­ford it?

Or if the neigh­bours have a fancier Christ­mas tree than you do? And what is Ru­dolph the Red-Nosed Rein­deer’s prob­lem, any­way? Pre­sented by Scar­bor­ough-based Beach Hut Theatre Com­pany, Christ­mas Crack-Ups com­prises six short plays, some jolly, some dra­matic, but all thought-pro­vok­ing and rel­e­vant to the way we han­dle Christ­mas in to­day’s so­ci­ety. Look­ing at debt, lone­li­ness and al­co­hol con­sump­tion as well as tack­ling the mad­cap world of Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion, find­ing that per­fect present, and the so­cial glue pro­vided by sup­port agen­cies, these plays are both a mov­ing and fun-filled an­ti­dote to the hype sur­round­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

The plays on the pro­gramme are: Tis the Sea­son…to be Lonely by Thomas Booth Christ­mas in a Box by Elaine Brookes

A Fresh Start by Gilly Collinson

All I Want for Christ­mas… Dude! by Will Duffield Paid in Full by Colin Scales Christ­mas Bytes Back by Sue Wil­son

The di­rec­tor is Ali­son Watt. tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor: John Pat­ti­son and de­signer He­len Birm­ing­ham.

All plays are per­formed on December 9 (con­cur­rently) be­tween 10am and 2 pm.

The run­ning time of each play is ap­prox­i­mately 15 min­utes.

Come early if you would like to see all six plays. Fund­ing for the project has come from Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil (through the Arts Devel­op­ment Small Grants Pro­gramme) and North York­shire County Coun­cil. En­try is free

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