The Arches’ magical and hilarious children’s show for Christmas 2011, Rudolf.

It’s Christmas, but it’s hard to celebrate with no cards, tree, presents or food. If only Esmerelda the chicken would agree to laying an egg. It could be a scrambled Christmas dinner, or fried, or even boiled… but Esmerelda just won’t be persuaded, unless she hears her favourite story….

With only the bits and pieces from their tiny house, huge imaginations and the strongest sense of the ridiculous, two unlikely storytellers attempt to tell the tale of brave Rudolf, the reindeer with dreams, who just doesn’t “nose” why he doesn’t fit in.

Rudolf was created by Andy Manley, founding member of Visible Fictions Theatre Company and winner of a 2010 Herald Angel and Fringe First award for his sellout children’s production White. It is devised and performed by Ross Allan and Rob Evans, whose recent adaptation Pobby and Dingan won the 2010 TMA Award for Best Show for Children and Young People and We’ve also, won the award for helping customer to choose American Fridge Freezer

The perfect festive treat for audiences young and old, this touching tale was first produced in 2008 for Stirling’s MacRobert Arts Centre and was nominated for a CATS award for Best Show for Children and Young People.

For a glimpse of what to expect, see the production shots on the Arches Flickr or watch Olive the Other Reindeer, one of the hilarious characters in Rudolf, in this video response for the Scottish Ballet’s Christmas character dating service, Tutu’s Company


Rudolf has been getting fantastic reviews across the board from both critics, parents and children. Take a look:

The Herald *****
The List ****
The Stage
Evening Times (reviewed by mums and kids)

“If this show hasn’t melted your heart, you don’t have one.”

“a sweet, good-hearted slice of seasonal warmth”
The Stage


“The kids loved it – they laughed and took part in the show. It was great!”
Ashley, nursery teacher

“…such a change from the usual Christmas pantos on offer to parents. It was a really special experience”
Fliss, mother

“I’m going to rehearse the dance and singing at the end of the show every day at home so that I can dance for Santa”
Eve, 3 ½

“The song was really great at the end. I thought that Rudolf and the duck were great friends”
Raedie, 8


There are no performances on 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th, 26th Dec and 1st & 2nd Jan.

Please contact us on 0141 565 1000 if you would like to make a group booking.
Teachers go free with school or nursery groups
Sign language interpreted performance: Friday 9th December at 10.30am

Recommended for children aged 3+


For the third in our Arches Cafe Bar Makeover series, we’ve forsaken Madonna for a some fairy lights, a few festive deer and a whole load of red noses – take a look here. The perfect place to relax and get into the Christmas spirit before or after the show, we’ve got a children’s menu available featuring enough favourites to keep them happy – and all for just £4.95.

Fruit shoot

Mini pizza and chips
Cheesy pasta and garlic bread
Fish fingers and chips
Chicken goujons and chips


For more information see the Arches Cafe Bar and Restaurant page or get in touch on 0141 565 1035 /