Sat 8th & Sun 9th December 2018 at 7.30

The perfect get-you-in-the-mood curtain raiser for the festive. D-P actor/readers Sue McCormick, Stephen Tomlin and Sarah Thurstan were joined by local acapella singing stars L.O.K.A for a warmhearted evergreen celebration of Christmas in words and music in the studio at Dumfries Theatre Royal. Their combined artistic talents drew on a wide range of source material to please most tastes, entertainment that was contemporary and traditional, being alternately serious and funny throughout. A different kind of concert for adults and older children, that we hope lived up to our promise to get even the most ‘bah humbug’ of beings in the mood for the holiday ahead!

66 – 68 Shakespeare Street | Dumfries | DG1 2JH |01387 254 209


L.O.K.A. are a female acapella singing group who have earned a reputation as festival and fringe favourites across the region and beyond and won in the ‘Performing Artist of the Year’ category at the Dumfries & Galloway Life Awards in 2017. Known for their wonderful harmonies and range of material, LOKA love all kinds of music and typically perform Contemporary, Scottish and Folk styles. Their selection of seasonal songs for A Winter Warmer were no less eclectic and wonderful to hear in the intimate acoustic setting of the Theatre Royal studio theatre. Pictured (l to r) Angie Briggs, Kat Bailey, Orla Barry Stairmand, Lynn Cuddihy.

Sarah Thurstan’s performances for Demi-Paradise at Lancaster Castle included Countess Roussillon in All’s Well that Ends Well and Gertrude in Hamlet in 2008. Sarah is known for her portrayal of judges and magistrates in Emmerdale, Coronation Street and East Enders. Other cameo TV roles include Mrs Brown’s Boys, Tracey Beaker, A & E, Silent Witness, Casualty, The Grand, Prime Suspect. Hollyoaks, Where the Heart is and Heartbeat. Sarah runs her own company ‘Performance Link Limited’ which takes theatre skills into business, academia and the arts across the UK and abroad. 

                                                                                        Sue McCormick has worked in theatres all over the country, including Royal Exchange, Library, Palace and Opera House in Manchester, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Chipping Norton Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Wolverhampton Grand, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre by the Lake Keswick, Plymouth Theatre Royal, New Vic Stoke and The Dukes, Lancaster. Sue has toured extensively with Northern Broadsides and Hull Truck Theatre. Her TV includes Hollyoaks, Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty and Where the Heart Is. She has recorded several plays and features for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Learning Online. Sue also works as a theatre director and playwright. 

           Stephen Tomlin For the last 46 years, since qualifying as a teacher from the Central School of Speech & Drama, Stephen has worked extensively as an actor in a long list of television, theatre and audio roles as well as being a director, writer/researcher and role player. Based in Lancaster for most of his long and varied career, Stephen also produced promenade Shakespeare, ghost story readings and Christmas productions at Lancaster Castle under the demi-paradise banner from 2000 – 2016. He now lives in the Northumberland National Park with his partner, the artist & illustrator Kim Lewis.