Making The Perfect Christmas Panto

Arclight’s Ciara Phelan on bringing Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe to Greystones

Set up 30 years ago by husband and wife team Paul and Ciara, Arclight unleash their Christmas favourite Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe upon Greystones on Sunday, December 12th for three magical shows.

Having already brought a plethora of shows to town – including their Shakespeare productions at Temple Carrig School – the Arclight gang are particularly delighted to be bringing some festive cheer this time out.

And so, we caught up with Ciara to find out some more…

How did Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe come together? A true story, right…?
Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe is one of a series of Christmas shows set in the North Pole (all featuring Sammy, the Head Elf at Santa’s Toy workshop and Mrs Claus). In this show, we will be joined by Sparkletoes the Christmas Fairy and Jack Frost, the naughty sprite. We have been visiting primary schools with our shows for 7 years now, but we thought it would be lovely to come and perform in a real theatre. Luckily, the lovely people at the Whale (who also know Santa I think) – invited us to perform on December 12th. We love performing our Sammy plays and hope to continue for many years.

Just how important do you think panto is at Christmas? It’s a long, long tradition of seasonal silly…
We at Arclight truly believe in the magic of Christmas and we have a love of panto, so ‘Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe’ combines the two brilliantly. This particular panto is especially written for the very young (and young at heart). We find that the 2-8yrs age group really love it. It’s full of mayhem, behind you moments, music, silliness and snowballs, with an important message at the heart of it about being kind and helping each other.

And Arclight? What’s the fairytale there? Born out of love and devotion, or desperation…?
One of the nicest things for us is that this show is a family endeavour. Paul and I are married and our children will be joining us onstage. It really adds to the magic for us and I think that rubs off on the audiences too.

You can catch Sammy Snowflake’s Christmas Catastrophe on Sunday, December 12th at 11am, 1.30pm and 4pm. Tickets €8, or €28 for a family of four.


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