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The Nativity | December 2007

By David Farr. Directed by Patricia Melluish.

This is an imaginative portrayal of the Christmas story, which manages to combine the simplicity of the well-known Christmas tale, with stories from the Old Testament. These stories illustrate the beliefs of faith, hope and charity.  This combination presents a delightful mixture of reverence, humour and love.

In this production, which was set in the round, the eleven members of the cast played fifty different characters between them, including:

Sian Elliott:                              Mary
Stuart Scott:                           Joseph, Shepherd
Emily London:                        Isaac, David, Sheep, Balthazar
Keith Jeremiah:                     Joseph’s brother, Minister of Justice, Israelite Warrior
John Heather:                        Herod, Abraham
Ian-Paul Munday:                 Goliath, Shepherd, Commander of the soldiers
Viki Jones:                              Shepherd, Villager, Prostitute, Sarah
Ruth Aylward:                       Solomon, Villager, Waterseller, Caspar
James Neary:                         Donkey, Ezra, Benjamin, Spy
Samantha Ellery:                   Angel Gabriel, Samaritan, Melchior
Richard Barrett:                    Mary’s father, Israelite warrior, Solomon’s officer

Assistant Director:                  Sandie Campbell
Stage Director:                         John Heather
Set Design:                               John Heather
Lighting Designer:                   Andrew Herbert
Sound Designer:                      Ian James
Special Construction:              Andrew Heather, John Heather, Derek Melluish
Stage Manager:                       Liane Marchant
Assistant Stage Managers:    Amy Burnell, Patricia Matthews
Stage Crew:                             Derek Melluish
Lighting Assistant:                  Sam Tanner
Sound Assistant:                     Sharon Fowler
Props:                                       Beryl Neal
Wardrobe:                                Margaret Uzzell, Joan Martin
Prompt:                                    Nikki Packham, Mary Ransome

House Manager:                      John Heather
Refreshments:                         Ann Herbert, Nina James
Raffle:                                       Eve Stone
Box Office:                               Margaret Uzzell
Programme/Poster Design:  Graham Copeland
Programme Editor:                 John Guttridge

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