World Premiere

The Last Noël

A play with songs by Chris Bush
Arts at the Old Fire Station and tour, 2019

It’s Christmas Day. Three generations of a family are busy preparing a feast, and you’re invited. But someone is missing from the table.

“It’s as welcome as a glass of mulled wine: warming, comforting and with just the right amount of kick...Jonathan Humphrey’s delicately crafted production is full of quirky details that are very much this family’s own...We’re hit with a curious combination of hope and regret that’s classic Christmas. You can almost hear the audience recalling their own family traditions, impatient – and just a little bit anxious – about getting home for Christmas.”
Miriam Gillinson, Guardian ****

“It feels as if this one comes straight from the hearts of everyone involved, and it is great to see a new Christmas-themed show that delivers some emotional truth along with the cheer. I was quietly, unexpectedly moved.”
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

“It captures the complexity of feelings around Christmas, from excitement and joy to resentment and regret...director Jonathan Humphreys’ beautiful stage image...The story is about how love desperately tries to keep light alive amidst the dark. I think about how Christmas traditions illuminate who is missing as much as who is there. I start to cry.”

Cast: Anna Crichlow, Dyfrig Morris, Annie Wensak
MD and arranger: Matt Winkworth
Design: Alison Neighbour
Lighting: Lucy Adams
Movement: Annie Deakin Foster
SM: Tessa Gaukroger
Produced by Attic and Arts at the Old Fire Station