The Flint Street Nativity

Date 5th October 2013
Society Retford Little Theatre
Venue Retford Little Theatre
Type of Production play
Director Tony Mingham


Author: Anne Key-Huckerby

Tim Firth's hilarious comedy reminded me of my years as a primary school teacher. Here, eleven adults played the parts of seven year olds who were taking part in the annual Nativity play. They all performed extremely well. Julian Roberts [the narrator], Donnamarie Donnelly as a particularly vindictive Angel Gabriel, Adam Colclough as a fiendish inn keeper and Heather Carroll [Mary] were just a few of the characters. Not unnaturally, things went wrong as we know they can happen and throughout the performance the 'children' sang Christmas carols. The words, however, were not always as written......but were hilariously funny. The set of a classroom was excellent complete with a Wendy House. A star chart and numerous artistic efforts by the children adorned the walls. The props, which included two very different-style Jesuses and a rather battered donkey, were in keeping with the story. The costumes were very suitable. The final stages of the play featured the children's parents enjoying the PTA's hospitality following the performance of the play. Naturally this came after the actors had changed their costumes appropriately . Observing the parents made you realise why the children behaved as they did. This was a most entertaining production.