Spotlight on Adam Welsh for #FestiveFolklore!

Festive Folklore arrives to the Actors’ Church this Thursday, and there’s just a couple more introductions to make to the talented writers who will be contributing to it!

This Christmas celebration will be directed by Paul-Ryan Carberry, who will be joined in the creative team by composer Nick Hart.

As we continue to warm up for our Christmas production, you can take your worry away and get your tickets right now

Get to know our final writer below…!

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on 12/05/2015 at 14:02:35.


Adam Welsh is a writer, performer, and sound designer. He is a co-founder and associate artist of Dead Centre, the theatre company behind the cult show LIPPY; ‘ like nothing else you’ll see (five stars) ’ – The Irish Times. Dead Centre has received international acclaim for its work and is the recipient of two Irish Times Theatre Awards, a Fringe First, a Herald Angel, a Total Theatre Award, and an OBIE award. Adam was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre award for his work with the company. He has worked with The National Theatre, Headlong, Barbican, Schaubühne, Druid, Live Theatre, Young Vic, Sage Gateshead, Nuffield Theatre, Bill Kenwright Ltd, The Yard, BAC, ARC Stockton, Camden People’s Theatre, and Lincoln Center NYC. His debut show as a writer/performer, THERE BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD (GO I), was most recently seen at Soho Theatre.

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 Adam!

What can you tell us about your Festive Folklore piece?

I recently became a father, and this will be my son’s first Christmas, so I’m exploring that in my piece.

What made you write about this theme?

Well having a child is pretty consuming, so it’s all I’m managing to think about at the moment. But also, I’ve been thinking a lot about what being a father means in 2020 and what the resonances are with having a son, specifically.

What is your favourite Christmas story?

The one about the baby in the manger is pretty compelling…

Mince pies or Christmas pudding?  


Eggnog or Mulled wine? 

 The wine one.

 Mistletoe or wine?


All you want for Christmas is…?   

To be a good Dad

Early or last minute shopper?

Oh God, everything in my life is last minute. Everything. Even this piece…

What is your favorite Christmas memory?

Once my parents stayed up all night on Christmas eve making a treasure hunt for each of my presents, starting with the smallest and ending with the biggest. There were riddles and everything… They even made a little map. But as soon as they went to bed I got up and ignored the map and went straight and opened biggest looking present (which I knew would be under the stairs).

Favorite Christmas cracker joke?

My life feels like one long Christmas cracker joke, I’m still waiting for the punch line.

Thank you for keeping up with our #FestiveFolklore! writer introductions! Keep an eye out for our last collaborator introduction coming soon! We are so excited to be working with these very talented artists and to be joined by you all at the performance! Happy Holidays!

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