The Flint Street Nativity by Tim Firth
Heckington Players 2019 Spring Show.
The Flint Street Nativity was originally a TV comedy produced for Yorkshire Television and aired during Christmas 1999. Tim Firth rewrote the play and added music for the stage production at the Liverpool Playhouse in 2006.
The play focuses on the seven- and eight-year-old pupils in that evening’s sole performance of the school nativity play, from the pre-performance classroom preparations to the final stage performance, which culminates in calamity.
Mizzis Horrocks’ class 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…
There are inevitable mishaps, misunderstandings, young egos, fears of failure and fallings out. The children’s characters eventually evolve into mirror images of their parents when the actors all appear as their parents (the play’s audience) at the post- show gathering.
This is a ‘play with music’, but the music is in the form of traditional carols with new lyrics and the quality of singing required is that of any child at a Nativity Play! There will be no singing auditions but everyone who auditions should be happy to get stuck in with the odd carol.
Innkeeper – Stuart Wyle
Star – Aaron Pettican
Ass – Brett Moore
Narrator – Kei Bailey
Herod/Joseph – Godfrey Barlow
Wise Frankincense – Callum Thursby
Mary – Laura Griffin
Wise Gold – Amy Ash
Angel – Charlotte Shearsby
Gabriel – Rachel Rowett
Shepherd – Jo Warrick
Piano Teacher – Melanie Priestley
Director – Colette Buchanan- Gray
Producer – Kei Bailey
Assistant Musical Director and Pianist – Mel Priestley
Stage Manager – Kelly Anderson
Deputy Stage Manager – Jo Moules
Stage Crew – Callum Thomas & Hannah Priestley
Set Design & Construction – Mark Elsom
Scenic Design – Patricia Mellett-Brown
Scenic Painting – Patricia Mellett-Brown & Anne Clayton
Lighting Design – Callum Thursby
Lighting Operator – Nathan Hughes
Sound – Mark Elsom
Props Mistress – Sue Porter
Props Construction – Tamara Mills, Jo Warrick & Kelly Anderson
Costumes – Katie Calo & Jackie Taylor Johnson
Hair & Make up – Katie Calo
Rehearsal Prompt – Sue Fletcher
Poster & Programme Design – Callum Thursby
Box Office Manager – Godfrey Barlow
Front of House Manager – Sue Fletcher & Tamara Mills
Special Thanks to Niki Thompson, Rebecca Lian Clark,
Heckington St Andrews Primary School and El Toro
Also thanks must go to all of our amazing front of house staff and to everyone else who has helped put this show together.
Some photos from the Show…
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