Director and Producer of Encompass Productions, Jonathan Woodhouse speaks to Theatrefullstop about latest production, This is not a Christmas Play!
Hello Jonathan, how has the rehearsal process been for you for ‘This is Not a Christmas Play’?
You say it is “without all the clichés of the Christmas season”, what else do you think ‘This is Not a Christmas Play’ offers audiences this Christmas they can’t find in other winter shows?
We at Encompass love the festive season and all the shows that come out this time of year – a couple of us are even in pantomime season! That being said our aim with ‘This is Not a Christmas Play’ was to offer an alternative to all the big shows out there. Something fun of course, but that is a bit more elemental than the norm. Our challenge was to make a Christmas show not about Christmas – there are many stories to be told at this time of year and this is ours – a tribute to all the things people love and hate about Christmas!
Why should audiences come and see your show, instead of a more traditional Christmas Pantomime?