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Festive Doorstep Stories

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Traditional carol singing meets story Deliveroo!

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Gather your loved ones, heat up some mince pies, pour a glass of sherry, and cosy up for your very own private story performance.

With the firm belief that Christmas should be special whatever is going on in the world outside, Kilter have teamed up with regular collaborators A Word In Your Ear to bring brand new festive stories by local writers direct to your front door.

Choose from our varied menu of tinsel tales and yuletide yarns and we will arrange for an actor to perform your chosen story for your household one evening in December. There is something to suit every taste, but all of our stories will offer a warm, feel-good factor to keep out the chill as the days get darker.


£20 (+ Eventbrite booking fee) per performance. Buy one get one half price on all stories! For any additional stories, please make sure you select the £10 half price offer on booking.

Select a story from the menu when you book your ticket and we will contact you by email to arrange a date and time for your performance. One ticket = one performance. If you wish to book more than one performance e.g. at a different address for a gift, or on a different date / time, please make a separate booking. Maximum of 5 people per performance.

If you are booking a performance as a gift for someone else, please enter their address in the 'Home address' field on booking.

If you are self-isolating or shielding and would like a story, there is a telephone option. For a ticket of £10 an actor will read a story down the phone. Please select this ticket option on booking, and we will be in touch to arrange it for you.

Important practical information

This event is open to residents living within a 4 mile radius of Bath Abbey.

All performances will take place between Thursday 10 and Saturday 19 December, and between 4pm and 9pm. The running time for the whole experience is approximately 20 minutes.

The event has been organised in line with current Government COVID-19 guidance for an area in Tier 1 and will be reviewed continually. Actors will arrive at the scheduled time wearing a mask, and will stand a minimum of 3 metres from you / your front door whilst performing (without a mask). A maximum of 5 audience members plus the actor are permitted to gather for the performance.

Further practical information and guidelines will be provided on booking.

If you live beyond the 4 mile radius and you are interested in a story performance, please contact Sarah at kiltersarahp@gmail.com to see if we can accommodate you.

12 Stories of Christmas: the menu!

For writer biogs, please visit the A Word In Your Ear website.

I Will If You Will by Mark Rutterford

“Dear Santa, I know I probably shouldn’t be writing to you aged thirty four but….”

More Love Actually than Love Actually – this sugar-sweet Christmas rom com will put a bit of sparkle in your glass of sherry.

The Sloth Who Saved Christmas by Katie Dancey-Downs

“She was a sloth with dreams, a sloth with ambition, a sloth who wanted to see the world.”

When Sloth sees a poster advertising jobs with Santa Claus, she thinks it is the answer to her dreams, but she has not anticipated how fast things will move at the North Pole. For those of us who appreciate the slow things in life, this is an utterly delightful, warm, comedic tale for all the family. Suitable for under-10s.

Flapjacks A-Plenty by Robert Garnham

"On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a cappuccino-flavoured flapjack.”

Twelve days of Christmas in flapjacks, this funny, charming story is for anyone who has ever fancied the bloke upstairs.

The Christmas Spirits by Piers Pennington

“Could I do a week playing all four ghosts in A Christmas Carol as the original actor had gone down with tonsilitis and they had no understudy? It was the kind of part that usually came my way, based on my main thespian attribute, a good memory.”

We go backstage at A Christmas Carol, which is playing at a dilapidated end-of-the-pier theatre. It’s hardly the National, and our actor weighs up his options along with the ghostly parts he’s playing.

Christmas Star by Sherry Morris

“I wouldn’t like to mention this,” Mrs. Henderson from next door said to my mom, “But your Christmas decorations are a bit too… non-standard this year. I’m not sure the neighbourhood appreciates it.”

Kenny’s ‘non-standard’ Christmas lights are drawing complaints from the neighbours but is it Kenny’s fault? Set in the States, this is a highly amusing tale of families and neighbourhood relations. Mild sex references.

Wishing, Hoping and Praying by Alison Clink

“I wish. I wish I could be as big as you!” Mummy presses her fingers to her lips. “Shush, sweetheart,” she says. “You mustn’t say your wish out loud, or it will never come true.”

Once a year, Mum gets out the big bowl. She gathers the currents and the sultanas, the flour and the rum, the butter and the sugar to make the Christmas cake. Once a year, you get to stir the cake and make a wish. A gentle, warm story about family and building Christmas traditions.

A White Christmas by Clare Reddaway

“Here she was, the car head first in a ditch, at the wrong end of the very long track which was under a foot of snow. And it was Christmas Eve.”

Jess is trying to make this Christmas perfect for her kids for all kinds of reasons, but what with one thing and another her country idyll is not working out. A chilly tale of family, lone parenthood and snow.

A Caribbean Christmas Magic by Morag Shackerley-Bennett

“I’ll be fine” she’d insisted to her parents, “who wouldn’t want to be spending Christmas in the Caribbean?” She’d tried to allay their fears of her loneliness, of how she wouldn’t be with family or friends. “You do know Christmas was banned in Cuba until 1997? It’s going to be very different.”

A gentle portrait of Christmas in Cuba, for those who cannot be with their loved ones this Christmas.

A Christmas Song by Stephanie Weston

“As I approached my front door I noticed a strange figure standing nearby in the street….wearing a long, white robe. A ghostly light seemed to emanate from them but I couldn’t see anything in the way of a lamp or a candle. I wondered if I should have accepted that third glass of sherry.”

What if the Ghost of Christmas Past has got the wrong man? The barmaid at the Quill and Eiderdown is determined that is not going to happen. This comedy plays fast and loose with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Georgia Stride

"So, Nordmann or Fraser Fir?" Dad’s attempt at normal conversation should have been comforting but his voice betrayed a sadness all too familiar and I couldn’t bring myself to answer."

It’s the first Christmas since Granny died. The family are still upset, but through Christmas traditions like choosing the Christmas tree they begin to see a way forward. This moving family story is about healing after pain.

Rudolph’s Dilemma by Christine Roberts

“Deep, low sobs came from his portly body….Had he finally assessed the facts and realised he was indeed in the ‘at extreme risk’ category?”

When Rudolph realises that Santa should be shielding, he decides that Christmas 2020 is going to have be organised in a very different way. This satire pokes fun at contemporary life as well as speculating on one unexpected impact of coronavirus.

Robin Hood and the Rule of Six by Clare Reddaway

“I have a number of points I would like to address, Mr Hood,” he said and smiled at his green clad audience. "I am here to notify you that you are contravening the current guidance on the rule of six, and as such, you are liable for what might be termed a hefty fine.”

Are Robin Hood and his Merry Men adhering to national guidelines on the plague? An official visits from Nottingham to make sure that this priority need group are aware of their obligations. But what on earth are the outlaws going to do about Christmas? This satire pokes fun at the new rules and regulations… of 1220.

Refund policy

In the event that the performance cannot go ahead due to current COVID-19 regulations or Kilter / A Word In Your Ear cancel the event due to unforseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund (excluding Eventbrite booking fee).

If you cancel your performance more than 14 days in advance, you will receive a 50% refund (excluding Eventbrite booking fee).

If you cancel your performance less than 14 days in advance, we are unable to provide a refund.


For any questions about Festive Doorstep Stories, get in touch with Sarah at kiltersarahp@gmail.com.

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