Cast announced for An Evening With Krampus @BarbicanTheatre
Barbican Theatre and The Wheel are excited to announce the cast of their new Christmas show An Evening With Krampus.
An Evening with Krampus is a cabaret style theatrical experience developed by Barbican Theatre and The Wheel to offer Plymouth ‘a darkly delicious festive treat’! Coming to Barbican Theatre’s intimate stage from 11 – 22 December, it is perfect for those looking for an alternative to the traditional Christmas show, fusing live music, song, storytelling and comedy for ages 16 and over.
Barbican Theatre and The Wheel are committed to supporting emerging talent, so naturally An Evening With Krampus features three extraordinary emerging artists all based in or from the Plymouth area.
Experienced Directors Kevin Johnson and Amanda Collins, have toured their productions both nationally and internationally.
Kevin has worked in the region for over ten years as an actor and theatre director. His most recent productions of The Trial, A Clockwork Orange, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, all ended their national tours on the Barbican Theatre stage.
Amanda’ international work has taken her to France, Poland, Greece and Romania. She recently directed Julius Caesar, which appeared on the Barbican Theatre stage last May.
Kevin says “We are delighted to be working in co-production with the Barbican as we share a passion for nurturing local talent and keeping skilled artists employed in the region. Our three performers all trained together and are highly skilled actor musicians”.
Chloe Carrubba is a Plymouth based actor musician who has worked in both theatre, film and television. Chloe played Maria in the Barbican Theatre’s acclaimed open air production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (in which she also sang and played guitar) at Royal William Yard. She also performed as Leni in a national tour of Berkoff’s The Trial and was cast as a singer in BBC’s Poldark. Chloe has recently returned from Montpellier in France where she worked as a vocalist.
Adam Connolly is a musician and actor currently working with a new theatre company in Bristol developing exciting new work due to launch in Spring 2019. He has toured with The Actors Wheel, taking roles in Berkoff’s The Trial, Blindsighted and Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
William O’Brien has recently graduated with a degree in Acting and has toured work nationally and internationally. He played Leontes in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Oedipus in Blindsighted and has recently worked as a voice artist for audiobook recordings of And Then There Were None and The Thing On The Doorstep.
Barbican Theatre’s Creative Producer, Dan Baker says: “We are incredibly proud to be working on this new Christmas show with The Wheel and these fantastic artists. Barbican Theatre has already enjoyed incredible festive success with their family orientated co-productions with Le Navet Bete. Now we are making this cabaret style piece just for grown ups, which certainly offers something a bit different!”
So who or what is Krampus? In Central European folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon. Krampus punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.
Amanda says “Our Krampus appears in feminine form, and is ready to reclaim Christmas from Santa. She wants her audience to let go of their responsibilities, forget about the children and leave behind the stresses of work and home. She will tease, tantalise and tempt you to join her and indulge in a more adult, pleasurable Christmas.
Audiences can make a night of it by joining us in the intimate and relaxed B-Bar beforehand for the best Thai food in town and a great selection of drinks, including an extensive cocktail list!
Tickets for An Evening With Krampus are priced at £14 (inclusive of all booking fees) Performances are for ages 16+ and run from 11 – 15 December at 8pm (plus 3pm Friday 14 December) and from 20 – 22 December at 8pm (plus 3pm Friday 21 December). Book 24 hours a day at www.barbicantheatre.co.uk, in person at the Barbican Theatre (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday) or by calling 01752 267131 (11am – 6pm Monday to Friday).