NEWS: Stream a New Christmas Show from Alnwick Playhouse, Maltings Berwick and Queen’s Hall

This December, three Northumberland venues are teaming up with CaroleW Productions to create  Christmas with the Hobs, a brand new festive animation made in Northumberland for audiences  everywhere to experience at home, and in schools, hospitals and care homes. 

It’s Christmas Eve at Nana’s house and Tyler and Eliza are waiting for Dad to pick them up to start  the celebrations. But when plans change, they must work together to create a Christmas to remember, with the help of their newfound friends, the Hobs! Join them as they discover what really makes  Christmas special, with mishaps and mayhem along the way. 

Written by Becci Sharrock, Christmas with the Hobs is illustrated by Sheila Graber who animated  the children’s TV series Paddington in the 1980s, with original music by North East singer song writer Bridie Jackson. The cast are Joseph Casling, Jude Nelson, Lewis Jobson, Viktoria Kay  and Jacqueline Phillips, who will also direct. 

We know that freelance performers, technicians and artists have really struggled while venues  have been closed, and many people have been unable to access government financial support so  it’s vital that we do our bit to help. Christmas with the Hobs gave us an opportunity to bring together  North East arts professionals to create a magical Christmas gift from Northumberland. We hope you  enjoy it.”

Katy Taylor, Queen’s Hall Arts Artistic Director
The cast of Christmas with the Hobs outside Queen’s Hall. Credit: Jonathan Bradley

Becci Sharrock was inspired to start writing after her first experience of working in theatre, ushering  on The Pitmen Painters at Live Theatre. Her first producing commission – Waiting for Angus – was a  co-commission from Maltings Berwick, Theatre Royal Newcastle and ARC Stockton, through the  Bridging the Gap programme. She has since worked with Northern Stage, Theatre Sans Frontières  and New Writing North. She also runs the Hexham young writers’ group in partnership with Queen’s  Hall Arts and Hexham Book Festival, which Joseph Casling who plays Tyler in the show took part in. 

I was so excited to be asked to write Christmas with the Hobs. It feels like a chance to spread a little bit of Christmas magic, which we need this year more than ever. With such a crack  team of creatives working on the production, audiences are in for a real treat. I hope they enjoy meeting the Hobs as much as I enjoyed writing them and fall in love with their cheeky personalities,  the naughty and the nice sides!”  

Becci Sharrock, Writer

Christmas with the Hobs will be streamed online from 12-31 December. Tickets are free but must  be booked via the three Northumberland venues’ websites. Donations to support future commissions and creative projects in Northumberland are welcome.

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