York Stage Ltd are a fantastic production company. I saw their version of Shrek a while ago and it was utterly fantastic, and I don’t doubt The Flint Street Nativity will be any different.
The show is an alternative festive offering written by Tim Firth. It follows Mizzis Horrocks’ class of seven year olds who are 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. Then the stick insect escapes…
The Flint Street Nativity was first seen on TV back in 1999, starring Frank Skinner, Neil Morrissey, Jane Horrocks, John Thomson, Stephen Tompkinson, Mark Addy, Ralf Little, Julia Sawalha, Mina Anwar and Dervla Kirwan. It’s an absolutely all-star cast and the film version is firmly a Christmas tradition in my household. The show was then reworked for the stage in 2006.
Artistic Director Nik Briggs says: “The Flint Street Nativity is a hilarious festive play that really is one of the funniest observations I have come across based on the Christmas holidays. Everyone knows the traditions surrounding the institution of the school nativity, tea towels tied to the head and tinsel clad Angels everywhere, but Tim Firth has created a brilliant script set in the build up to the much anticipated show filled with laughs and just the right amount of pathos in an oversized classroom where adults play the children in Mrs Horrocks class”.
Catch the show at the John Cooper Studio @41Monkgate from 12th to 22nd December.