"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Friday, November 29, 2013
THE FLINT STREET NATIVITY
THE FLINT STREET
Cards at the Village Hall
We've all been
there. Watching the little angels [and the little devils] as
innkeeper, shepherds, kings and the Holy Family.
So Tim Firth's
cutting comedy is onto a winner straightaway, as the plentiful laughs
proved on opening night.
It's not a
perfect stage play [it began life on television], and the adult
epilogue struggled to relight the fire, but some fine comedy
performances got under the skin of the reception-class thespians,
with their rivalries, insecurities and chaotic home lives. Often sung
to those familiar carol tunes, replacing the words they didn't quite
manage to learn.
credit every child [all played, Five-Go-Mad style, by grown-ups], but
Daniel Curley stood out as the malevolent innkeeper, Jean Speller as
the lisping Andrea, Frankincense her shibboleth, Laura Bennett as
bossy Virgin 1, with five stars on the “Who's Been Good?” chart,
Jodee Goodwin as her catty rival, playing Gabriel – the
Annunciation was superbly done – Liz Curley as a down-to-earth
shepherd with brilliant comedy timing. Not to mention Dirty Pedro,
and the special needs donkey, hilariously done by Chris Rogerson.
The set, with its
cereal packets and its giant chair to suggest the scale, was
convincing, as were the varied costumes. Class teacher Mrs Horrocks
never appears, but her tambourine spoke volumes …
The Flint Street Nativity was produced for Writtle Cards by Clare Williams, and
directed by Sharon Goodwin.