Santa and his elf on your doorstep

TWO of Bristol’s best-known performers are bringing a festive entertainment of fun and mischief to delight children in the BS3 area of the city, from Thursday 3rd to Wednesday 23rd December.

Created by Stewart Wright and Lucy Tuck, in association with Tobacco Factory Theatres, BS3 Santa combines street theatre with a travelling Santa’s grotto. The sleigh will be out of sight on the rooftops, though local residents may hear Rudolph’s bells jingling.

Elf will sprinkle Christmas magic while Santa visits each booked household, giving the children the chance to tell him their Christmas wish lists. There will be music, sleigh bells and sack loads of Christmas spirit.

BS3 Santa was created by Stewart and his wife, Celia, who met on stage at Bristol Old Vic. Stewart, who has a leading role in one of Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, has played many roles on theatre, film and television. Celia, who runs a communication business, acted professionally before the couple had their two sons. The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic has meant a huge life change for the couple, and BS3 Santa was born out of them needing to think outside the box.

Stewart says: “Pre-March, we earned our family income from a combination of my acting and writing, Celia’s communication business, and the steady safety net of renting out our spare room on Airbnb to cover the leaner times. I’m working on the theory that things might not return to ‘normal’ at any point soon, but that a new world is emerging and there will be opportunities out there.”

Stewart signed up as a Deliveroo rider which surprisingly led to the development of a TV comedy project called Downhill, written by Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni and directed by Debbie Isitt, about a middle-aged man who loses his high-powered job and signs up as a courier. What is it they say about life imitating art…?! Celia then came up with the idea of a doorstep Christmas experience.

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