The Santaland Diaries

The Santaland Diaries is a one act play set in New York about a down-on-his-luck actor who works as an elf at Macy's department store during the holidays. Based on David Sedaris’ essays, it is a cynical, albeit hilarious, account of the ‘joyful’ season and the brutality and ruthlessness of commercialism at Christmas time. Our protagonist, Crumpet the Elf, takes the audience on a journey of tales from the grotto; demanding parents, overtired and vomiting children, celebrity visits, and just the general day to day elf warfare. A Christmas outing NOT for the whole family that reminds the audience of the realities of the festive season - it isn’t all comfort and joy and visiting a Santa’s grotto isn’t always peace on earth!

  • Crumpet is played by Laurie Nelson, who trained in London and New York and has worked as an actor and director on both sides of the pond.
  • Hey Up Theatre Company produces new works and revivals, using local, professional talent. Their first outing was the world premiere of new writing ‘Me Brother Dan’, which played at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
  • Age Recommendation: 14+