Crumble’s Search For Christmas

When winter comes it is time for Crumble to hibernate in the cosy burrow before the last leaf falls. At least that’s what Crumble’s always been told. Until one year awaking early, the temptation to go and see what’s out there is too much to resist. And so, leaving the family burrow behind, Crumble begins the adventure of a lifetime. With magic, adventure and furry friends a-plenty, curious creature Crumble thus embarks on an enchanting adventure. A chance encounter sets Crumble on an extraordinary festive journey which includes singing reindeer and party-going owls.

From Robert Alan Evans the writer of The Night Before Christmas, this magical story of secret burrows and blustering blizzards, is perfect for 2-6 year olds, and their grown-ups! Crumble’s Search for Christmas is also devised and directed by Mr Evans and stars Leeds born Emily Goldie and Riana Duce, and Bradford born Lucy Bairstow.

Emily is excellent as Crumble whilst Riana and Lucy are also outstanding as Elderberry and Boo, Crumble’s two burrow companions plus also the many other parts they play of owls, reindeer, squirrels and also the character of “Winter”.

This is a charming tale, and thoroughly captivates a young audience. It is targeted at pre-school and up to Year 1 children but I noticed was also enjoyed by the parents who were with them on the afternoon that I attended the production.

It runs in the Courtyard Theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse until 30 December.

Lucy Bairstow in Crumble's Search for Chirstmas. Photography by Anthony Robling