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Peter Optical can become anyone of the following Christmas themed characters for traditional Christmas themed celebrations.
Cyril Mistletoe, Mr Yule, PC Snow, Old Father Christmas, The Green Knight, Medieval or Tudor Strolling Minstrel. Storyteller.

Cyril Mistletoe.
Night watchman and Bellman to the gentry. As well as being a purveyor of traditional Christmas festive music and hearty greetings for Christmas, Cyril is also available for other occasions throughout the year. Cyril is well elevated upon his ladder which, can on request, bare the name of the County, City, Town or Village in which he is summoned to be about his business. Not only will he 'call the hours' but can be prevailed upon to entertain with music, magic, juggling and a story or two.

Mr Yule
Mr Yule is a friendly Festive Dickensian character who keeps the old traditional Christmas alive with his vast repertoire of Christmas carols amongst other tunes that take his fancy played on the pipe and tabor. The Pipe and tabor is a pair of instruments played by a single player, consisting of a three-holed pipe played with one hand, and a tabor (small drum) played with the other 'A one man band above the rest'.
Truly a traditional Christmas sound in the time of the Christmas Waits

PC Snow
This Victorian, or late 40s/early 50s uniformed Police Constable has high moral standards and strict opinions on discipline. However, the words 'Merry Christmas' will always soften the heart and bring a smile to the face of this long leg of the law.
Always willing to tell a story of a past Christmas when he was a boy

Old Father Christmas
A joval chap who plays many a traditional Christmas carol on many an instrument but always finds time to chat with old and young about their memories of times gone by and wishes for this festive season.

In past centuries, the English Father Christmas was also known as Old Father Christmas, Sir Christmas, Lord Christmas or Old Winter. Father Christmas these days wears a bright red suit, but in Victorian and Tudor, times as a sign of the returning spring, he wore green, trimmed with fur.

The Ghost of Christmas Present in Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol' 1843 is based on Old Father Christmas; who himself has past connections with the Green man Jacj-in-the Green of British folk-lore fame and subsequently the Green Knight. .

The Green Knight
Bertilak from the Arthurian Legends
A Medieval Christmas story

Ideal for Schools
Can include adaptations of
The Nativity
The Forth Wise Man
Clown of God
A Christmas Carol
Gwain and the Green Knight
Gwain and the Loathsome Lady
Night before Christmas

The custom of telling stories at Christmas is a very old Christmas pastime, especially on Christmas Eve when it was also traditional to tell ghost stories. It is said that such Christmas storytelling inspired Charles Dickens to write the wonderful Christmas story 'A Christmas Carol' which indroduces not only the ghost of JacobMarley but also the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and that of Christmas Yet To Come.

Peter is one of a few professional Essex storytellers who not only takes storytelling into schools within the Essex County but takes his storytelling skills to schools, libraries, Churches, Festivals and various other venues in many other counties also.

From its conception 34 years ago Peter has been a stalwalt contributor with Storytelling, music and song for the annual Traditional Folk Carol Service in Leigh-on Sea. The author of a few Christmas Carols he has had one published, the 'Wrens Carol' in the 'A Book of Folk Carols' compiled and edited by Paul MaDowell and Kenneth Mackinnon.
ISBN 1-904181-49-X

Peter is also the author, composer of 'A Carol for Leigh' which has found its way into the annuals of local tradition now sung every year on Strand Wharf as part of the local Christmas festivities. In the past, amongst other things Peter has written lyrics and devised music for professional productions of the 'Wakefield Mystrey Plays' and 'The Passion.' as well as a BBC Radio Christmas production in 1987 of his written work 'Long Gone Are the Days' In 1990 he devised music for and directed a schools touring Christmas/Winter production of 'The Selfish Giant' for the Palace Theatre Westcliff alongside his own play 'The King Who lacked Confidence'. In 1995 he wrote an adaptation of 'Gwain and the Green Knight' for Christmas performance Palace Theatre Westcliff.
(Yet to be performed)

Telephone; 01702715882
Mobile ; 07947536634

Although based in Essex Peter has and is willing to travel to the following counties:-
1. Bedfordshire (Bedford, Luton, Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade, Sandy)
2. Berkshire (Reading, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Newbury, Windsor, Wokingham)
3. Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury, Milton Keynes, Slough, Buckingham, High Wycombe)
4. Cambridgeshire (Cambridge, Wisbech, Ely, March, Whittlesey, Chatteris, Linton)
5. Essex (Chelmsford, Basildon, Romford, Southend, Colchester, Harlow, Brentwood, West Ham)
6. Greater London.
7. Hertfordshire (Hertford, Watford, St. Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Hatfield)
8. Kent (Maidstone, Canterbury, Bromley, Rochester, Margate, Folkestone, Dover, Greenwich)
9. Middlesex (City of London, Harrow, Enfield, Staines, Ealing, Potters Bar, Westminster).
10. Norfolk (Norwich, Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Hunstanton)
11. Suffolk (Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds, Lowestoft, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Haverhill, Bungay)
12. Surrey (Guildford, Croydon, Woking, Sutton, Kingston-on-Thames, Wimbledon,)
13. Sussex (Chichester, Brighton, Worthing, Crawley, Hastings, Eastbourne, Bognor Regis, Horsham)

All other counties also considered

In all cases Clients will be requested to confirm bookings by letter, e-mail or formal contract.

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Peter Optical has over 40 years experience in Theatre and the associated arts at home and abroad and has had work performed on stage and radio. Equity Member/Public Liability Insurance/Standard & Enhanced CRB disclosure Certificates.

Telephone; 01702715882
Mobile ; 07947536634