An alternative to panto this Christmas season

With Christmas on the way, theatres across Scotland are unveiling traditional child-friendly pantomime treats and fun festive shows.

Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing for the grown ups during December, but now the Arches are rectifying the situation with a yuletide offering resolutely NOT for children.

‘War on Christmas’ is a hilariously anarchic take on the Christmas spirit from Gary McNair – fresh from his award winning, sell-out Fringe show, ‘Donald Robertson Is Not A Standup Comedian’, which also originated at The Arches.

Step into the shoes of an enthusiastic young Santa working one of Glasgow’s poorest grottos, as he embarks on a journey to find the true meaning of the season. But be warned: A Christmas Carol this is not.

Invoking equal parts glitter and chaos, McNair invites audiences to work themselves into a festive frenzy in a night of song, silliness and social commentary that will have you saying ‘Humbug!’ to that John Lewis advert.

War on Christmas mixes the best bits of traditional Christmas entertainment with a decent helping of satire, aiming squarely at a decidedly adult – if not entirely grown up – audience.

McNair said: “Glasgow has a proud tradition of performance at Christmas. Most of these, however, seem to be aimed at the family market.

“I wanted to create a show that’s a little less tinsel and tights and aimed more at entertaining the late night revellers and amusing the Grinch in anyone over the age of 18.

“If you think you’d normally never enjoy a Christmas show, then this is hopefully the silly dark adventure for you.”

“If you told me there was a venue more perfect than The Arches for finding a space to question the norm, even at Christmas, I’d be very surprised.”

War on Christmas runs from December 11-28.

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