The Secret of Christmas Eve Review

Last Christmas we were lucky enough to see Oldham Theatre Workshop’s Hansel and Gretel in the fantastic performance space at Oldham Library. Over the years, my family and I have seen some amazing performances there.

After the huge success of Hansel and Gretel, OTW are back this Christmas with The Secret of Christmas Eve and I took my family to the press performance earlier this week. The Secret of Christmas Eve is showing now, tickets are £8 per person.

A snowy night, a magical adventure and a little girl who wraps a secret that will change Christmas forever. With enchanting characters, original music and filled with breathtaking on-stage magic this show will be the perfect festive treat.

The story is one about Christmas, a secret and all about a little girl called Eve. We follow Eve and some of her friends on a magical adventure to save Christmas!

Written by Sarah Nelson (Associate Writer at OTW) and James Atherton (Director of OTW), this production is performed by a small cast, with many of them playing several characters.

This family musical was an enchanting performance about the magic of christmas that my whole family enjoyed. My youngest children are both 3 and a half years old and they loved it too. It’s full of original music, puppets and plenty of magic!

The set was simple enough yet extremely clever, using everyday household objects to suddenly turn into a post office or shop. Imagination plays a big part too which was lovely to see, from the cast flying on magic carpets or skating around an ice rink.

The whole cast were fantastic. Special mention must go out to the three children who were playing the Elves, they were absolytuy brilliant. My three children were especially taken with Brian the Elf (Jabez Sykes). He was extremely funny and the audience loved him.

My children also fell in love with Digby the dog, portrayed by Purvi Parmar and a puppet. The dogs movements were so lifelike, I’m not even sure my younger children realised it wasn’t a real dog.

A fabulous festive family show that’s a must-see this Christmas. Tickets can be bought online or at Oldham Library, see here for more details.


My family and I were kindly gifted these tickets in return for an honest review.