8 December 2020 - 3 January 2021

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Whilst we’re unable to invite you to one of our Christmas shows, we were desperate to do something to celebrate this special time of year, so…

We’ve joined forces with the Twilight Trail to bring you a festive sound installation based on Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Explore the stunning twilight trail whilst hearing characters from the timeless poem in an audio score specially created by professional actors and community performers during lockdown.

Expect music and festive frolics as you explore the magical trail, full of sparkles and illuminations, leading you through Reading’s iconic Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins.

Suitable for the whole Family.

Enjoy a preview of the sound installation here

This event is operated by Reading Arts and tickets are available via Whats On Reading website.

Director: Chris Cuming

Training: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Teaching: Arts Educational College,The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford College, National Youth Music Theatre and Bodywork.
Direction & Choreography includes: Made In Dagenham (Theatre Royal Norwich), Singin’ In The Rain, (Gaiety Theatre), Peter Pan- The Musical (The Leys, Cambridge) As You Like It (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival), Something About This Night (Ivy Theatre, Guildford School of Acting), ENCORE! 40 Years of NYMT (Adelphi Theatre), Sweeney Todd, (Cambridge Arts Theatre) and Hello Dolly! (Watford Palace Theatre).
Choreography and Movement Direction includes: Sleeping Beauty (Watford Palace Theatre), Growl! (NYMT, 2019 UK Tour & China 2020), The Lady Vanishes (Bill Kenwright UK Tour), Goodnight Mr Tom (ERT, Hull) Midnight – A New Musical (Union Theatre, London & Korea), Henry V & The Taming of the Shrew (Petersfield Shakespeare Festival).
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Sound Design: Peter Malkin

Pete is a multi-award winning Sound Designer and a graduate of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
As sound designer, theatre includes Death of England at the National Theatre; Death of a Salesman and Twelfth Night at the Royal Exchange; The Cherry Orchard for Toneelgroep; The Unreturning for Frantic Assembly; Pity and The Kid Stays in the Picture at the Royal Court; The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith; Frogman for Curious Directive; The Tempest at the Donmar Warehouse; Beware of Pity for Complicité at Schaubühne.

As Co-Sound Designer, The Encounter (Tony, Drama Desk, Helpmann and Evening Standard awards for Best Sound Design, alongside Gareth Fry) for Complicité.

As Associate Sound Designer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (original creative team) for Sonia Friedman Productions, West End, Broadway, San Francisco, Hamburg and Australia; 1984 Headlong; Hamlet RSC; and LionboyThe Magic Flute and The Master and Margarita Complicité.

Featured Voice: Rick Romero

Rick is an actor, voice artist and musician with more than 20 years of professional experience across a range of performance disciplines.

Rick started his professional theatre career with principle roles at Kangaroo Court Theatre including Closer, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.  He went on to become a founding cast member at Reading Rep, clocking up further credits including Waiting For Godot and The Dumb Waiter, and collaborating with Mischief Theatre on The Nativity Goes Wrong.  His most recent theatrical stint saw him joining the national tour of Elegy’s Holy Land in 2019. 

Rick’s screen credits include ITV’s Michael Jackson Biopic: Man in the Mirror, numerous short films, docudramas, commercials and interactive games.  Rick’s voice credits range from corporate promos and narration to children’s audiobooks and manic character work for audio dramas and “Escape Room” installations.

Rick is also a writer, performer and producer for alternative music acts The Zods, Possessed of Zest, Rumpus Groove, and The Prods.


Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA