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The Flint Street Nativity

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  5f, 7m

The Flint Street Nativity
by Tim Firth

"Exposes what an ungodly snake pit of paediatric power-politics the staging of your average Nativity play can be ... There are moments when you may wet yourself laughing." - Alfred Hickling, Guardian

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 7m
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Christmas/Holiday
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
Licence details
  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary

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 first performed to critical acclaim at the Liverpool Playhouse. The music is available separately on hire.

Innkeeper 
Wise Gold Man 
Shepherds
Gabriel 
Star of Bethlehem
The Angel 
Narrator 
Herod/Joseph 
Ass 
Wise Man Frankincense
Mary


  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Various simple settings
  • Additional Features Play w/ Music
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

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"Exposes what an ungodly snake pit of paediatric power-politics the staging of your average Nativity play can be ... There are moments when you may wet yourself laughing." - Alfred Hickling, Guardian

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Authors

Tim Firth

Tim’s theatre credits include THIS IS MY FAMILY (Sheffield Crucible, UK Theatre Award Best New Musical), NEVILLE'S ISLAND (Nottingham Playhouse and West End, Evening Standard & Olivier nomination, MEN Award), THE SAFARI PARTY (Stephen Joseph, Scarborough and Hampstead), the m ...
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