The Flint Street Nativity - Theatre ☆☆☆☆4
Showing from - Monday, November 9, 2015 through till Saturday, November 14, 2015
Brewhouse Arts Centre - Burton-upon-Trent
Bill Pritchard | Monday, November 9, 2015
When Cat Stevens sang: '(Remember The Days Of) The Old School Yard' I'm pretty sure he didn't have The Flint Street Nativity in mind when he was reminiscing but the show certainly brought back memories for me both as pupil and parent.
The tantrums and bitchiness, friends falling out and vowing never to speak again. If this was your experience of the nativity then the cast and crew of Burton's Little Theatre Company will take you right back to childhood.
There are comic moments aplenty and laughs galore as the adults playing the seven and eight-year-old pupils really get into their roles
The Flint Street Nativity, by Tim Firth, is set in a fictitious school on the Wales-Cheshire border which gives the talented cast ample opportunity to display their Scouse accents.
None better than Sarah Spencer as the Angel Gabriel (shoulda been Mary) who takes every opportunity to bully her 'friends' as she imposes her will on the class while she tries to wrestle the role of Mary from Katie Haywood. Sarah has a 'death stare' to compare with Rik Mayall. She even tries to substitute her 'Baby Jesus' for the original. There are comic moments aplenty and laughs galore as the adults playing the seven and eight-year-old pupils really get into their roles.
There are some outstanding performances from the cast. If you want to get in the Christmas mood or if you just want a night out at an entertaining show that doesn't challenge you too much then head for The Flint Street Nativity.
The only thing stopping me from giving this production five stars is the sound levels. On opening night during some scenes where pupils are singing lyrics that are part of the storyline they were drowned out by the rest of the cast. I have been told that the sound problems of that first night have now been rectified.
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