A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol – a festive fixture

Kate Tym and John Knowles of It’s Not Us Theatre Company are back for a third year with their sell-out Christmas show, A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol.

“Every year we get requests from our audiences to put it on again,” says Kate, “they tell us it wouldn’t be Christmas without it and we are more than happy to oblige!”

“The show is a spin on the traditional Dicken’s story,” says John, ‘I play Scrooge and Kate plays every other part. You get all the well-known characters – Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchett, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future… but as you’ve never seen them before!”

Kate says it’s an alternative to the panto, that it’s got some panto elements in it but also has many additional layers and is, “very, very funny.”

Scenes from the show

The show was first performed in Christmas 2016 and ended up selling out and being raved about by audience members of all ages.

Kate says: “Some people came and saw it twice! There’s something in it for everyone – we’ve had an audience that was basically an eight-year-old’s birthday party, so all kids, and they loved it and then we have a loyal fan-base of adults who come back every year and tell us they’ve never laughed so much. We love putting it on because it’s just such a feel-good show, we love interacting with the audience and we’re just thrilled to bits that people actually want to make it part of their Christmas warm-up!”

Kate and John start additional writing work on the show in about October as every year they add topical material which they weave around the existing story and rehearsals start in November.

“We’re putting the show on across three venues this year,” John says.

“There will be one-off performances at The Albion in the Old Town and Hastings Football Club and then a run at The White Rock Hotel – we’ve already started selling tickets and several people have told us they can’t wait – and, to be honest, nor can we, it just wouldn’t be Christmas in Hastings without A Penny Pincher’s Christmas Carol!”

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