Horror Christmas: Sink the Pink premieres How to Catch a Krampus at Pleasance

07 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Sink the Pink's company for How to Catch a Krampus. © Kate Bones

Think Sweeney Todd. Think Shockheaded Peter. Think The Wicker Man. At Christmas. Renowned international drag collective Sink The Pink get their debut theatrical residency with black alternative Christmas musical HOW TO CATCH A KRAMPUS at the Pleasance...

Truly alternative to the traditional, Sink The Pink bring a brand new Christmas production to London’s Pleasance Theatre and it’s set to deck the halls with boughs of horror. How to Catch a Krampus, written and directed by Ginger Johnson, runs 13 November to 23 December 2018, with a post-show Q&A chaired by Faves founder Terri Paddock on 15 November and a press night on 21 November.

Sink The Pink's most ambitious project to date, this debut theatre residency closes a year’s worth of 10th birthday milestones including a headline sold out Brixton Academy show for Pride in July.

Based on Victorian melodrama and the myth of the Krampus (a horned eastern European Christmas beast with the head of a goat and long hideous claws, of course), the story follows the scandalous exploits of a part-time spirit medium/full-time con-artist. Her shadowy life takes an even darker turn when her made-up magic suddenly starts to get results. When faced with certain death and growing suspicion from everyone around her, can she catch the Krampus and save her own skin in the process?

“Brilliant, bizarre and completely unmissable...” ★★★★★ Time Out (on Down The Rabbit Hole)

Inspired by London's bawdy and dangerous theatrical past and a love of classic British Horror - think Sweeney Todd meets The Wicker Man - How To Catch A Krampus is a Christmas story that's strictly for grown-ups, promising a truly terrifying night at the theatre.

The show is written and directed by Ginger Johnson, whose credits include Sink The Pink’s previous adventures Down the Rabbit Hole and The Queens Head at Selfridge's. Johnson also appears in the cast with a host of Sink The Pink faces, including Lavinia Co-Op, a 67-year-old drag legend of famed radical drag troupe BLOOLIPS, along with David Cumming, Mahatma Michael, Mairi Houston and Maxi More.

The show features a specially commissioned, spine-chilling score, performed live each night by musical director Sarah Bodalbhai and sound designer Alicia Turner, as well as ‘added deception’ from award-winning magician Tom Cassani. As always with Sink the Pink, “everyone is welcome and everyone is celebrated” – prepare to be spooked this Christmas…

Glyn Fussell, co-founder of Sink The Pink says:

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this show to a theatre as it’s always been a dream of Sink The Pink’s. This production will be unlike anything we’ve done before. Following reactions to early workshops of the show, producers of have arranged for first aiders to be present at every performance, should audience members become unwell. Hang onto your wigs!”

What is a Krampus?

The Krampus is a mythical Christmas demon common of European folklore, described as "half-goat, half-demon". In the ultimate naughty vs nice, the Krampus traditionally is a companion to Saint Nicholas and visits the villages and towns of Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Northern Italy the night before his kindly counterpart, and punishes children who have misbehaved.

About Sink the Pink

An antidote to the soulless mega clubs, Sink The Pink are a collective of queens, club kids, pop superstars, creative juggernauts, flamboyant dancers, and acclaimed designers. Founded in 2008 by two best friends Glyn Fussell and Amy Redmond, Sink The Pink has grown from humble beginnings at Bethnal Green Working Men’s club to be one of the biggest LGBTQ nights in the world, selling out venues such as the Brixton Academy, Roundhouse and Troxy.

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