Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Polegate 'Nativity' Vies with BBC 1 'Nativity'

St George's, Polegate Nativity Cast
Many of you may be watching the BBC's 'Nativity' with interest but a new approach to the Nativity is not just the perogative of TV, for members of the congregation of St. George’s Church, Polegate, recently came together to present a unique blend of acting and carols for an adult audience.

The parish reports that "the idea was floated by three creative people and ideas flew so thick and fast it was difficult to shape them into a cohesive play! A religious theme was required, with the Nativity at its heart, but a new approach was needed to blend pantomimic humour with the importance and spiritual significance of the Birth of Christ.

We badly needed a villain at whom we could poke fun – Herod lent himself to this role and our irreverence was focused on him and his housemaid. Our three kings were called Tom, Dick and Harry, giving Herod the opportunity to announce that he could not allow “any Tom Dick or Harry to know more than I do”. Customers at the Inn also provided a touch of humour, with the shepherds joking uproariously. We gentled down to the Stable scene where Christ was born and a beautiful tableaux was created. Solo singing and more audience participation closed our play on a strong note.

The whole was interspersed with carols, with the audience joining in enthusiastically. The play was a great success, thanks to creative minds and beautiful solo singing. Our creative producer choreographed a very amusing dance for the shepherds, with the musical director selecting and performing music and songs. Fertile minds and careful planning allowed our talented “actors” to give of their very best. For next year – ideas are already flowing!"

Congratulations St George's! Love the Shepherds' beards!

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