Get the family feeling festive at the ‘Dear Santa’ show

Published18th November 2022

Aimed at the Under 7’s, what better way to get your family in the festive spirit than with author Rob Campbell’s festive story ‘Dear Santa’ on 5 or 6 December at Ipswich Corn Exchange!

From the author of the popular children’s book Dear Zoo, it’s the perfect pre-Christmas treat for families with young children. Packed with Christmas songs and lots of audience participation there is also the chance to meet and receive an exclusive Christmas gift from Santa himself.

The performance tells the story of Santa’s determination to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to a young girl called Sarah. But, things don’t go well, and he doesn't get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect', just in time for Christmas Eve.

Rod Campbell's ‘Dear Santa’ is the perfect introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old and is sure to be a Christmas treat that children and parents alike will enjoy.

‘Dear Santa’ has two performances on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December at the Ipswich Corn Exchange. The show is 55 minutes long, with meet and greet time afterwards with Santa and his Elf. Each child (should they wish to!) not only gets to meet Santa at the end of the show but also receives a very special Christmas gift.

Rod Campbell began his career in children’s books in 1980, with the use of interactive elements in early learning books for the young establishing his reputation for innovative books for the under 5’s. Many had flaps to lift or other interactive elements, the best known being Dear Zoo.

Rod Campbell’s approach to books for babies and toddlers is instinctive, with simplicity being paramount. He sees himself as a ‘maker’ of books rather than as an author or illustrator. He believes that a degree of physical involvement is crucial in drawing the child into books and maintaining their interest. He uses simple texts with often a repeating element, or even rhymes, as he regards these to be important for the pre-reader. He believes that however simple a story, it should always end either on an upbeat note or quietly resolved to everyone’s satisfaction!

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There is also a website with downloadable activities for children to support the show at: