Flint Street Nativity (2010)


Director: Alison Green
Narrator: Damien de Roche
Mary: Sally Jones
Herod: Mark Fallon
Gabriel: Amy de Roche
Innkeeper: Simon Witham
Shepherd: Laura Falconer
Wise Frankincense: Paul Falconer
Wise Gold: Melanie Dunn
Ass: Danny Willis
Angel: Sarah Openshaw
Star: Paul Le Blanc Smith

Reviewed by Tony Flook

Few pieces of theatre can be funnier than when adults roll back the years and play at being kids again. In Fetcham Players’ production, all the elements came together for an evening everyone could relate to. Tim Firth‘s witty, sometimes hilarious script was skilfully interpreted by a uniformly talented cast, under Alison Green’s direction. Let’s not forget the Christmas carols, here given new, sometimes amusing, sometimes telling lyrics.

‘The Flint Street Nativity’ is, essentially, an ensemble play in which each of the seven-year old pupils project their idiosyncrasies, in some cases brought about by chaotic home lives.

Amy de Roche, was Ashley, who wants to rule the class, and is willing to do anything to play Mary, rather than the part in which she had been cast. Sally Jones showed excellent facial expressions and reactions in her character Jenny’s quiet determination to hold onto this star role.

Mark Fallon was totally recognisable as Adrian, the boy who could not resist checking out the audience to spot his relatives.

The apprehensive narrator, Damien de Roche (Tim), sat over the edge of the stage desperately trying to learn his lines, written on scraps of cardboard.

Bradley’s father ran a pub so it was natural for Simon Witham to play the innkeeper with a sinister fixed stare.

Only the post-performance party, in which the cast became ‘grown-ups’, seemed slightly untidy and, if anything, unnecessary. That apart, thanks to everyone concerned, Fetcham Players brought out the child in us all.