The War on (Father) Christmas

We’re developing a sequel to the original play, so we’ve decided The Grin Reaper now refers to the universe the characters inhabit and have renamed the original to The Grin Reaper: The Bunny’s Tale.

The new play’s called The Grin Reaper: The War on (Father) Christmas. It’s part fairy tale, part metaphor of the mistreatment of front-line staff by lower level management, The War on (Father) Christmas is set 23 days after The Bunny’s Tale, the principle characters from the earlier play are summoned to Father Christmas’s North Pole conference centre for a team building exercise, but Buns & Toothy quickly go AWOL and when HR is kidnapped by Father Christmas, DEATH realises that it has a break for the first time in millennia & sets off in search of the canteen only to encounter a member of the revolutionary ELF: Elf Liberation Force that seeks to free the slaves in Santa’s factories. The elf recruits DEATH.

As they are former band mates but now enemies, DEATH then rather improbably receives an invitation to Father Christmas’s fortress for a jam session and uses its pass card to admit the ELF who proceed to help DEATH rescue HR but all is not as it seems.

The show is currently being written. An outline and drafts of about half the scenes exist. Based on how long it took to write The Bunny’s Tale a performable version should exist before the end of 2020.