Nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ like children being violently punished for their misdeeds by a half-goat-half-man creature. Told in the underrated style of Victorian melodrama, Sink The Pink’s Christmas show How To Catch A Krampus offers welcome relief from Christmas cheer. Combining a bawdy but clever script with gothic drag chic is always going to be a winner and this production is no exception.
The story of unexpected origins of the Krampus — the aforementioned half-goat-half-man — is interspersed with short tableaus which throw some light on all the shade. As writer, director and starring role, Ginger Johnson proves herself as a force to be reckoned with while adding some champion North-Eastern drag humour. Supporting her is a talented cast whose individual styles and talents have been woven together so artfully to evoke the Victorian gothic atmosphere. David Cumming invokes his inner German fuhrer to give a Krampus fit for a night with Max Mosely. Keeping the whole show moving is the atmospheric original score by musical director Sarah Bodalbhai.
When the stars align and theatrical magic happens on stage it is a beautiful thing. Here, among the murdered babies and stolen souls, that magic has a black lacy hemline with the occasional glinting sequin. Sink The Pink and Ginger Johnson have done it again.
How To Catch A Krampus, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, N7 9EF. Tickets £18-£22, until 23 December 2018.
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