A darkly humorous and sometimes cynical look at the “joyous” season of Christmas and the ruthlessness of commercialism in a Santa’s Grotto – as told by Crumpet the Elf!

The Santaland Diaries is a one act play 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!


About The Company: 

The Santaland Diaries is directed by and starring Laurie Nelson, an actor/director who trained in London and New York. The production is managed by Lizzie Laycock who has worked in Production and Stage Management in the West End and around the UK. Hey Up Theatre Company produces new works and revivals, using local, professional talent. 

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.