FESTIVE fun is on offer for youngsters as a children’s pantomime returns to a South Tyneside theatre.
Santa’s Naughty Elf is back causing mischief at the Customs House, in South Shields, in the run up to Christmas.
The show, written and directed by Wayne Miller, who also plays Elfluent the Elf, has returned to the Mill Dam venue after several years at the Library Theatre.
Santa’s Naughty Elf and the Workshop of Mayhem runs in the studio theatre from Saturday, December 13 to Wednesday, December 24, and is aimed at under-7sevens.
Wayne, 35, from South Shields, said: “Another Christmas is upon us so that means Elfluent the Naughty Elf is back. I’m so glad to bring him back in a new adventure.
“Although it’s getting hard after all these years to come up with writing new ways for one elf to mess up, it’s still so much fun.
“I get a great kick out of creating something like this, from the cheesy Christmas jokes to the songs I write that the audience all learn and sing along. I’ve lost count how many years I’ve been a naughty elf now, but it’s a joy and a privilege to be a part of people’s Christmases.
“Seeing the same families return year after year, having a great time and getting in the festive mood is something I’m very proud of.”
Sarah Boulter, 26, from Sunderland, who starred in Halloween show Wendy the Witch and Silly Simon the Sailor in the summer, is back as Elfluena the Elf.
Newcomers this year are Clare Eastman, 21, from Consett as Elf and Safety and Colin Cuthbert, 52, from Newcastle as Santa Claus.
This year the boys and girls must help Elfluent the Elf fix the workshop toy machine and save Christmas.
Tickets start at £6 for adults and £7 for children, which includes a gift from Santa Claus.
To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the box office on 454 1234.