Mizzis Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary. The Star grumbles he's not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won't stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes... The children are played by adults, who later play their parents so the set changes accordingly to reflect the difference in scale. This warm, witty, funny play is an ideal alternative to the usual Christmas fare with original lyrics set to the tunes of the usual Christmas carols. It was performed to critical acclaim at the Liverpool Playhouse.
"The Flint Street Nativity is full of life and vitality...The jokes are excellent... Tim Firth vividly captures the way that children feel and speak, and you realise how much teachers lean about the parents from what they say." Spencer Leigh. BBC Liverpool
Exposes what an ungodly snake pit of paediatric power-politics the staging of your average Nativity play can be...There are moments where you may wet yourself laughing." Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
" ...you have to be there to appreciate how the humour, from puns and slapstick to witty lyrics, is a perfect balance for the pathos. So here's to the usual Christmas cracker from the Playhouse and to Tim Firth, a writer whose work anybody would travel miles to see. Follow that star." Carole Baldock. The Stage
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