The Flint street Nativity

5th. December - 9th. December 2016

About The Play

Written by Tim Firth

Long term acting and committee member Penny Hill will be directing her first production for SDC with this hilarious comedy.
Mizzis Horrocks' class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Junior School for the proud mums and dads - and the occasional social worker. Squabbles arise when Gabriel wants to play Mary, the Star grumbles he's not a proper star like they have at NASA, Herod won't stop waving to his mum and dad and the subversive Innkeeper is determined to liven up the traditional script. And then the stick insect escapes...
The children are played by adults, who later play their parents so the set changes accordingly to reflect the difference in scale. This warm, witty, funny play is an ideal alternative to the usual Christmas fare with original lyrics set to the tunes of the usual Christmas carols. It was first performed to critical acclaim at the Liverpool Playhouse.


The Cast

Steve Clarke
Marc Colson
Dan Hill
Will Hill
Tim Alsford
Mike Keep
Pat Cowey
Wendy Gomm
Fin O'leary
Lucy Vincent
Dianne Nicholls

The Crew

Stage Management - Kim Taylor

Headmaster - Mr Gomm
Music Teacher - Miss Ledwood
Stage Manager - Kim Taylor
Lighting and Sound - Jeremy Townley & Leigh Steedman
Set Design and Construction - Richard Gomm & Team
Props - Ann Mcallistar & Wendy Gomm
Costumes - Deborah Pearson
Prompt - Nancy Kerswill
Front of House - Elaine Wilson and Club Members
Photography - Mike Kerswill

Director's Notes

Welcome to The Flint Street Nativity!

As many of you know, I’m normally the one on the stage, so I can honestly say that directing this play was a whole new experience for me.

My previous experiences in the director’s chair have all been directing children for panto – so what better way to use my experience than to make the adults at the Salterton Drama Club act as children! The Flint Street Nativity is a film which I have always loved for its brutal honesty of the reality of childhood, and it has almost a cult following, especially amongst die hard fans of the original cast (Frank Skinner, Josie Lawrence, Jane Horrocks, Neil Morrisey to name just a few!).

When I first found that the director Tim Firth (who also wrote Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots) had adapted his original TV Play script into one for a stage production, I knew that it was the play for me to make my directorial debut – completely bonkers and a little bit different for the Salterton Drama Club.We have had a tremendous amount of fun putting this production together, and I would like to sincerely thank everyone in the club for all of their incredible support and help throughout the last few months. For those that know me, I of course picked a challenging production, with a complicated set and technical details – but then you would expect nothing less of me.

So sit back, relax and let yourself be immersed in our festive fun.

Penny Hill, Director

Chairmans's Notes

Once again it gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to our latest production. Tonight, we have a real treat for you. This play has been a considerable challenge for our players and an even greater challenge for Penny as our director. It's her first production directing with us and she decided to do this play because she had only done pantomimes, with children before, with the local church. So, she thought I'll do a play where the adults play children! She has a large cast of experienced actors and a wonderful backstage crew to support her, so I will leave it up to you to judge the result.

Once again, if you have enjoyed tonight's entertainment and would like to join us, we would welcome you with open arms, even if it is only to make the tea on a costume making or set building day.

Richard Gomm Chairman.