Local baker Ely is not letting anything get in the way of fulfilling customer demand for her Bubi’s famous Polish gingerbread. Not her family’s impending Chrismukkah celebrations, not the imminent birth of her child and definitely not the ghosts who’ve suddenly shown up in her kitchen. But the reindeer of Chrismukkah Past, Gingerbread Golem and Lilith Claus have other ideas…
A rollicking retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic tale drawn from the writers’ own backgrounds, A Very Jewish Christmas Carol is a celebration of life – with a sprinkle of time-travelling ghosts, overbearing relatives and a life lesson or two.
Elise Esther Hearst is an award-winning Melbourne-based playwright and published author, working and living on Boon Wurrung country. She studied Creative Arts at Melbourne University and Playwriting at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and was a resident writer with Melbourne Theatre Company as part of the NEXT STAGE Writers' Program in 2019-2020. Her work has appeared at various theatres around Australia, including Yentl (Arts Centre Melbourne and Malthouse Theatre in 2024); The Mesh (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre); The Sea Project (Griffin Theatre); and Bright World (Theatre Works). Her debut novel, One Day We’re All Going to Die, was published in 2023 by HQ Fiction, Harper Collins Australia.
Phillip Kavanagh is a playwright, originally from Adelaide. From 2019-2020, Phillip was a Melbourne Theatre Company resident writer as part of the NEXT STAGE Writers' Program. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Flinders University, as well as a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Playwriting) at NIDA. He is currently a PhD candidate at Flinders University. His plays include Jesikah (State Theatre Company South Australia), Deluge (Tiny Bricks/Brink/Adelaide Festival), Replay (Griffin Theatre Company) and a new adaptation of Moliére’s Tartuffe (Brink/State Theatre Company South Australia). Phillip is one-half of the independent theatre company Tiny Bricks, a creative partnership with director Nescha Jelk. He has been awarded the Patrick White Playwrights' Award, Jill Blewett Playwright's Award, and the Colin Thiele Creative Writing Scholarship.