Spotlight on Katie Elin-Salt for #FestiveFolklore!

We are excited to continue introducing you to the talented writers who will be contributing to our collaborative Christmas show, Festive Folklore! 

Festive Folklore is directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry, who will be joined in the creative team by musical composer Nick Hart. Come and hear a band of emerging actor-musicians as they present a festive evening of folk music, spoken-word and Christmas fables, live at the Actors’ Church in beautiful Covent Garden.

More writers who will be contributing will be announced shortly, but you can still get your tickets right now

Get to know our next writer below…!


Katie is an actor and writer from Bridgend, South Wales. She trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has worked extensively since then as a professional actor. Her theatre credits include The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre Wales, Paines Plough Roundabout Season, Bolton Octagon, Lyric Hammersmith, Soho Theatre and Theatre Clwyd.

Katie has been writing professionally for several years and is a current member of the Royal Court/National Theatre Wales Welsh writer’s group. Her short pieces have been read and performed as part of Paines Plough’s “Later” season at the Edinburgh fringe and Chippy Lane’s “Who run the world” programme at the Old Red Lion. One of her first plays “Sprinkles” is currently in development with Arts Council Wales and Dirty Protest.

Katie is also the co-host of “The 98%” – a podcast which aims to bring to light the harsh realities of being a jobbing actor and creative in a humorous and honest way. “The 98%” is currently in the Top 10 iTunes list of podcasts related to the arts.

Katie is passionate about telling engaging stories – particularly those of women and those with working class roots. She is thrilled to be a part of this evening and very excited about the continued work of Iris theatre in supporting emerging talent.

In order to allow you all to get to know our artistic collaborators, we have decided to include a Q&A tailored towards this special holiday season as well as the writer’s specific contribution to our event! See below to learn more about Katie!

What can you tell us about your Festive Folklore piece?

My piece is about a young teacher lost in Christmas crisis whilst rehearsing her school production of “Ralph the Reindeer.” It aims to bring to light some of the realities and struggles of working as a state primary school teacher in London in 2019. 

What made you write about this theme?

Alongside my acting and writing career, I have worked a lot as a music and drama teacher in inner London primary schools over the past few years. This monologue is very much based on my experience and also the experiences I have witnessed in my line of work, particularly that of full-time primary school teachers. I watch them every day trying to jump through the many hoops set for them by the current government, working long past the hours the are paid for, and going above and beyond the call of duty due to a passionate belief in the children they teach. They are heroes and they really don’t get enough credit for what they do. 

 What is your favorite Christmas story?

A Christmas Carol – specifically the muppet version. 

Mince pies or Christmas pudding?  

Classic Welsh trick I’ll take half and half, with extra brandy butter. 

 Eggnog or Mulled wine? 

Mulled wine goes down a bit better with a barrel of quality streets so I’ll go with that but if I’m honest, a bit upset nobody’s offered me a snowball.

Mistletoe or wine?   

Depends who’s asking! 

All you want for Christmas is…? 

To smash the patriarchy, end the Tories and for Mariah Carey to make another Christmas album. 

Early or last minute shopper?

Well I’m in the middle of panto season so it’ll be a last minute Sunday dash around Amazon prime this year! 

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

My Mum making muddy footprints in the kitchen and coming down in the morning with us and kicking off about the mess Father Christmas had made. 

Favourite Christmas cracker joke?

“Why are pirates called pirates?!” 


Keep an eye out for the introductions to the rest of our writers that are coming soon! We are thrilled to be putting on this new holiday event and can’t wait for you all to come and see what we have been working on!

Festive Folklore! is a one night event on 5th December at St Paul’s, Covent Garden – get your tickets now!