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Santa will be Underground at Spring Gardens but his out-of-season Grotto is not for the littl’uns. The tag line for this comedy is ‘unseasonable, unreasonable & unsuitable for brats’.

Written and performed by Terry Victor for Notional Theatre, our Santa is a troubled mix of stand-up and meltdown. There will be drag, rap and outrageous name-dropping.


“Grotto feels like the sort of show the Edinburgh Fringe was invented for; something a bit unique, memorable and bizarre.” Starburst Magazine.

Grotto won great reviews and the ‘Show Chugger’ award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2023. Now Grotto is part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. This a show for the naughty list.

“The performance was dynamic and made us feel part of something exciting and special.” The Audience Club

Terry is a professional actor and writer. His credits include the West End, Oscar-nominated and Bafta-winning movies, and many murders on the Orient Express. He is a jolly fat man with a white beard, so it came as no real surprise when, a couple of festivities ago, he found himself playing Santa. Terry says, “Grotto is the result: an absurdist kiss’n’tell in hybrid stand up drag.” Which makes some kind of sense when you see the show.

“Terry Victor is magnetic […] great performance, great writing, darkly funny, audience in palm of his hand.” Grotto Preview Review

Terry will be performing an excerpt of Grotto for the Buxton Fringe Programme Launch Party at the Green Man Gallery on June 1st. Santa is due take to the stage sometime around 8pm.

Where: Underground at Spring Gardens,

When: Wednesday 10th July at 22:00

            Thursday 11th July at 22:00

            Saturday 13th July at 20:30

Contact: Terry Victor  07799 690112

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