Soho Theatre’s Last Christmas will break your heart, then mend it again

Sion Pritchard as Tom in Last Christmas

Fresh from critical and public acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival award-winning Welsh theatre company Dirty Protest brings Last Christmas to London’s Soho Theatre this festive season.

A hit with audiences and critics alike this one-man show is not to be missed. Ed Fringe audiences announced that it made them laugh, cry, want to phone their fathers and that Sion Pritchard’s compelling performance “broke my heart, then mended it again.”

The company, co-founded by playwright Tim Price, also wowed the critics with four and five star reviews across the board at Edinburgh Festival.

Returning home for Christmas, Tom is confronted with the ghosts of his past.


Forced to face his demons, he attempts to rescue his family and his future. Will Tom be able to save it all in time?

Last Christmas follows Tom as he attempts to deal with a whole year of family anguish on Christmas Eve, while nursing a hangover.

For writer Matthew Bulgo this emotional, but funny, play, is one that is very close to his heart.

He said: “It would be too simplistic to say that Last Christmas is autobiographical but there’s certainly a lot of me in it. It was a very personal play to write.

“It’s a play about the moment when you realise that you can no longer avoid being an adult. I like to think of it as a sort of a one-man road movie for stage.

“I don’t really want to give too much away but it deals with family, work, life-long friendships, the place we call home, dwelling on the past and being scared of the future.

“Christmas is a time when all those things come to the foreground for us, they come into a sharper focus because life gets put on hold and we actually get some breathing space to think about them.

“So Christmas Eve felt like the perfect time to set the piece.”

Previously nominated for Best Production in the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards and directed by Kate Wasserberg, artistic director of Cardiff’s The Other Room theatre, Last Christmas, runs from December 9-21.

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