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This is Christmas at The Latvian Centre

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published November 18th 2014
Christmas comic capers to savour
Johnny Grim, as those that know him can testify, is the absolute antithesis of his chosen nom-de-plume. He is charming, irrepresssible and a damn good writer.

Johnny (real name John Grimshaw) was named best new writer at the 2009 and 2010 Dramafests and has plays listed with South Australia's Moore Books and Lazy Bee Scripts in England.

His new theatrical company is Elfin Productions who are producing This is Christmas at the Latvian Centre Theatre this December.

This Is Christmas, Johnny Grim, John Grimshaw, Jesus, Pantomime, Latvian Centre, Elfin productions
John Grimshaw, director, writer and 120 year old elf Zebadee (Photograph courtesy Elfin Productions)


It is written and directed by Grimshaw, who also plays a mordant, somewhat jaded, 120 year old elf called Zebedee.

Grimshaw describes This is Christmas as: "The festive season as you've probably never seen before or will again. The show also has various iconic figures such as Jesus, Santa Claus, Rudolph, Prancer and three possibly wise men. The intention with This is Christmas is to make it a 'fun-for-all' for all cast and crew, as well the audiences."

This Is Christmas, Johnny Grim, John Grimshaw, Jesus, Pantomime, Latvian Centre, Elfin productions
Jesus (Amanda Watson, left) meets the three wise(?) men (Graeme Cross, Callum Calder and Bob Morshidi) (Photograph courtesy Elfin Productions)


This is Christmas runs from the 11th December to the 20th, with early perfomances at 5pm on December 14th and 21st. Tickets are $20 book online at TryBooking.

Proceeds of all ticket sales from the December 11 show will go to the Stirling Women's Centre (Refuge), established in 1979 to provide crisis accommodation to women and children experiencing family and/or domestic violence.

This Is Christmas, Johnny Grim, John Grimshaw, Jesus, Pantomime, Latvian Centre, Elfin productions
Reece Darch, left, is Keros and Alison Arrowsmith is Haggith, a man with severe OCD (Photograph courtesy Elfin Productions)


Please note: the show is rated PG and contains adult themes.

The Latvian Centre Theatre is at 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont.

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Why? A madcap dash through the silly season
When: 8:00pm and 5:00pm
Where: Latvian Centre Theatre, 60 Cleaver Terrace, Belmont WA
Cost: $20
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