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‘Red’ is focus of alternative Christmas programme

The Wales Millennium Centre has announced a series of alternative Christmas shows during its Performances for the Curious season in December.

It’s described as the Centre’s most family-friendly season, with shows for all ages, from a multi-sensory show for audiences aged 0+, to after-dark entertainment for the grown-ups.

The centerpiece will be Red, an exciting new Christmas show co-produced by Wales Millennium Centre and Likely Story. Directed by Hannah McPake, and performed for audiences aged 7+, Red brings the familiar story of Little Red Riding Hood bang up to date, with new, original punk- and rock-inspired songs.

Reflecting on themes of rewilding and discovering your inner courage, Red will remind children – and their families – that the real adventure lies in straying off the beaten path.

Other highlights this Christmas will include:

  1. The Curious Muchness of Stuff and Nonsense: a new show reimagining Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, made by Hijinx’ community theatre group Odyssey, written by Hefin Robinson and performed a large cast of disabled and non-disabled performers from Odyssey and Woodlands High School, Cardiff.

  2. 50 Shêd o Santa Clôs: Rhys Taylor’s legendary nine-piece band play a one-off gig blasting a string of funk, rock, gospel, Latin and jazz versions of classic Welsh Christmas songs.

  3. Connie Orff: A Christmas Con/Connadolig Llawen: Curious regular, and otherwise very irregular Connie Orff returns to offer her own musical take on the festive season.

  4. Ffresh Burlesque: Horror at Christmas!: an all-out anti-Christmas night with FooFooLaBelle and Cardiff Cabaret Club.

  5. Cabarela Nadolig: a laugh-out-loud music show, performed in Welsh.

  6. The Greatest of Shows: an interactive, singalong show hosted by the irrepressible Donna Marie, and featuring hit musical and film songs.

  7. The Christmas Clock: Collar and Cuffs present this new show for little ones, all about the excitement and anticipation – and how to manage them – as the big day approaches.

The Performances for the Curious season runs from 14 December until 29 December. It champions experimental, contemporary new work and gives audiences an affordable but exhilarating glimpse of some of the latest developments in performance from Wales – in Welsh and English – and beyond, across several artforms.

To see the full Performances for the Curious programme, visit

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