Santa’s Story


Aviva Pelham premiered her new show Santa’s Story, at the Fugard Studio, a one-woman show about the life of her Mother, Santa Pelham.

When 90-year-old Santa Pelham was persuaded to write her fascinating life story, it was intended so that her memoir would be there for future generations. But Santa’s Story became something more, a cathartic experience, an inspiration for the song, and now a one-woman show performed by her daughter, opera diva Aviva Pelham. Musical direction by Matthew Reid.


First performance
29 August 2012

Final performance
2 June 2013

The Fugard Studio


Aviva Pelham


Matthew Reid
MD and Arranger – Clarinet, Sax, Keyboard

Petri Salonen

Nicky Jansen
Keyboard, Guitar, Accordian and Flute.

Creative team

Scripted by Aviva Pelham and Janice Honeyman from the original memoir written by Gabi Sulcus.

Directed by
Janice Honeyman

Designed by
Dicky Longhurst

Lighting by
Manni Manim

Production photos