Dear Santa,

With the risk of sounding ungrateful, I must politely ask that you pass-by your choices for my children’s presents this year. I have been deeply concerned over the last few years in the lack of variety in your gifts. Last year my 6 year old daughter received, amongst other things, a nurses outfit. After last year she distinctly stated she wanted to be a urologist, so what happened? She also received some “F**K me” heels in 3 different colours from Toys R Us. My son received a toy gun from ASDA – no surprise there you have stuffed one in his stocking for 8 years now and a series of books called ‘Horrid Henry’ who frankly is nothing but a little bastard without an ounce of empathy.

Although I’m sure your decision to stop producing your gifts in your own workshop is based on sound financial planning and business management, I do however feel that the quality of your service has suffered. I mean where is the Christmas Spirit?

I wait your response with excitement and anticipation…

Gary Gardiner


Santa: A Very Merry Businessman was the first stage in a series of SANTA works – a provocation exploring gender and capitalism.


PRESS:

'a fragmented but vivid reflection on the commercialised travesty that is our 21st century Christmas, much enlivened by two terrific performances from Gardiner’s son and daughter, aged about seven and five; after all, what’s Christmas without the kids?.'
Scotsman