Wonky props and mash-ups

Warkworth Drama Group members who are starring in The Flint Street Nativity.
Warkworth Drama Group members who are starring in The Flint Street Nativity.

They’re behaving like a bunch of school kids!

That’s what Warkworth Drama Group is hoping the audience will be saying as the cast of The Flint Street Nativity performs at the village’s Memorial Hall next week.

The action centres on a primary school’s attempts to stage a nativity play.

It includes all the off-stage tensions and on-stage line fluffs that will be familiar to anyone who has been involved in such productions. There’s jealousy, absolute indifference to stage directions, wonky props and mash-ups of popular carols as the adults adopt the mantles of seven-year-olds in the drama group’s version of the Tim Firth comedy.

It is directed by Ralph Firth (no relation) and Alli Jones-Christopher and features Diana Webber on piano.

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.

Note: The dialogue includes some mild swearing.

The Flint Street Nativity was originally a TV comedy produced for Yorkshire Television and aired during Christmas 1999.

The story is based on real events, collected over a period of 10 years, from members of Tim Firth’s family and friends who were teachers.