Santa Must Die! - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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Santa Must Die!

4 December 2023 - 9 December 2023

Archipelago Arts Collective presents Santa Must Die!

Written by Rosie MacPherson with music by Sean Ryan and Lyrics by Sean Ryan, Robin Ravi and Laurence Young. Original direction by Beth Knight and Laurence Young.

Originally commissioned by Alphabetti Theatre and supported by Bradford Producing Hub and Arts Council England.

Please sir, can I have the night off?

Nadia and Abed might just be the next big thing. They’ve started the North’s greatest band ‘Santa Must Die!’ and for one night only they’re playing their local. But it’s Christmas Eve… and Santa is a bad boss.

Unending queues of demanding, entitled customers, minimum wage, no time off, unpaid overtime, zero-hour contracts. It’s about time the elves staged a riot.

Santa Must Die! is a raucous new punk theatre show for the gig economy at the most difficult time of the year! A different kind of Christmas story about it being really sh*t when Xmas is all work and no play, about finding joy in unexpected places and fighting against that which is meant to keep you down. 

Santa Must Die! will be coming to:

Queen’s Mill, Castleford on Monday 4th December 2023 at 19:30

The Gate @ BITMO, Belle Isle on Wednesday 6th December 2023 at 19:30

St John’s Parish Hall, Barnsley on Friday 8th December 2023 at 19:30

The Grove Hall, South Kirkby on Saturday 9th December 2023 at 19:30

The Cluntergate Centre, Horbury on Sunday 10th December 2023 at 19:30

Made in conversation with people who have experience of working on zero-hours contracts at Christmas time. 

archipelago is a theatre collective led by Beth Knight, Kirsty Pennycook and Sean Ryan that makes live, daring, and generous work that brings people together. Made with communities, for communities. 

Age guidance 14+

Strong language and themes of an adult nature including references to sexual assault and racism.

Performances in Castleford and South Kirkby are funded with a Culture Grant from Wakefield Council.


The Grove Hall, South Kirkby
9 Dec 2023 – 9 Dec 2023

The Cluntergate Centre, Horbury
10 Dec 2023 – 10 Dec 2023