Community Connection 13 – Goodbye 2020!

It’s been some time since my last blog, not that I’ve been putting my feet up!  I’ve been busy working behind the scenes supporting the launch of Play on Words and the Monologue competitions.  I’ve also delivered more online workshops – yippee – you know how much I love working with clubs and yes it’s been different working digitally, but it’s been great fun!  More of this in 2021 please!!

I think many of us will be glad to see the back of 2020 but before we go I thought I would send a quick round up just a few seasonal productions being streamed, some for free and some ticketed.  

I want to kick off my list with The Scunner That Stole Christmas from The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr, directed by the very lovely Ken Alexander (see my recent interview with him on the SCDA website).  It’s being shown in a series of free episodes but I think it is definitely worth a donation!  Although it is up to episode 3 this week, you can still see the previous episodes and as they are quite short it won’t take long to catch up.  Bags of fun for the whole family – don’t miss it! 

Social media has been flooded with marketing for the Jack Thorne version of A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic.    It looks sumptuous and tickets are still available for many of the performances.  Here is the link for more information and I’ve pasted in here a short look behind the scenes.

With a mix of free and paid live performance, the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh brings us ‘Lyceum Christmas Tales‘.  With some recognisable and some new faces it’s a really nice mix of seasonal stories.  

The King’s Head Theatre have just received great reviews for their panto Show White.  With family friendly and adult versions as well as viewer choice moments and different pricing structures for tickets, it looks intriguing.  Here’s a link for you and I found a taster!


Our very own National Theatre of Scotland has some madcap capers directed and co-written by Johnny McKnight – another SCDA supporter.  Anyone who has seen any of Johnny’s pantos will know that it will be like nothing you have seen before.  Here’s the trailer and you can find more details on the website or social media pages.

Looking for a feel good family show with lots of songs to sing along with?  Look no further than Christmas at the Snow Globe with a screenplay by Sandi Toksvig it promises laughter, carols and the joy of Christmas and you can find details here.


There are plenty to choose from at this time of year – here are a couple of my selections.

  1.  The Donmar Warehouse have this fundraiser where you can donate whatever you want with some proceeds going to a designated charity.  More details can be found on their YouTube channel.

2.  Heard great things about this concert by the RSNO which is available to watch for free with details of how to donate.

3.  Available for live performances only, this pay to attend concert showcases many well known faces of stage and screen, it is called We Need a Little Christmas and you can book tickets here

Here’s a trailer

This is just a very small selection of what is available to keep us all entertained.  I am sure that there are many more local events happening across Scotland from doorstep concerts to homespun storytelling and potted pantos.  Why not post onto the SCDA Facebook page any local events you are involved in to remind everyone that we are still here and intend to continue beyond the current challenges.

Here is my offering for a feel good moment.  Petatonix doing the 12 Days of Xmas in their very own distinct style – hope you enjoy it.

Not a Xmas show but just wanted to slip this one in at the end – Kinky Boots is being streamed for free this weekend.  I so enjoyed this when I saw it in Glasgow – a really great feel good show.

I’ve come to the end of my final blog for 2020 and it just leaves me to say that I hope you manage to enjoy the festive season whatever you are doing. 

I’ll be back next year and raring to go – see you then.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected and Be Creative



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