Christmas in July show at Katoomba


A Christmas in July night’s entertainment full of naughty elves, jolly red hats and song – Blue Mountains style; Thursday 29th July.

After a successful inaugural ‘Ham Stakes’ show staged in June, Bryan is presenting another show… this time in keeping with the Blue Mountains’ Yulefest tradition.

Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin and Theatresports® Blue Mountains have teamed up to present the night of fun and frivolity again, with a not-to-be-missed Christmas in July special.

Produced and directed by Blue Mountains actor and director Bryan Cutts, this show will feature a cast of local skilled and talented performers who are already known to the improvised performance and theatre crowds in the Blue Mountains and Sydney scenes.

Joining the local Blue Mountains troupe for this show is a team of performers from Sydney, and a guest player from the Netherlands, Mark Dekker. These players regularly appear in Scared Scriptless, Sydney’s longest running improvised comedy show, presented every Friday at the Roxbury Hotel in Glebe.

The show is designed to provoke uncontrollable laughter, giving audiences the opportunity to let their hair down, be entertained and socialise in a relaxed and informal environment. Watch as improvisers battle it out creating instant sketch comedy based on audience suggestions.

Like the traditional Theatresports® shows in Sydney, around Australia and the globe, the Ham Stakes show will be presented as a knock-out competition. The teams of trained and experienced Theatresports® performers will stand toe-to-toe, using their imaginations and quick wit to create new worlds, amazing adventures and a whole plethora of strange characters.

Will the Deers give those Stocking Fillers a run for their money? Or perhaps Santa’s Naughty Elves will pull one over on the Turkey Stuffers… anything could happen!

Unlike traditional Theatresports®, this Yulefest show also features one of the Blue Mountains’ music icons, the Very Small Choir, who will be presenting a couple of Christmas ditties to set the mood. The VSC is a regular feature at the annual Rhododendron Revue and the Blackheath Choir Festival.

Another exciting part of the show is audience participation. To create the scenes, the performers will sometimes ask the audience for suggestions which will be weaved into the show. Often audience members provide names of characters and places, or quests for the characters and other weird and wonderful suggestions which give the performers new challenges to overcome in order to present great stories.

This Ham Stakes show will be a night where too much fun will be had by all.

The Ham Stakes show

Produced and directed by Bryan Cutts, and presented by Theatresports® Blue Mountains and Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin

  • Thursday 29th July at 8pm
  • Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin, Katoomba

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