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2016122420171225 (R4)

A reimagining the story of the Nativity, 'written' by five- and six-year-old children.

An improvised drama of The Nativity as dictated by young children as they contemplate a story where there really is rather a lot to take on board.

At age five and six they know only the world around them so even hurdling the concept of "Long, long ago" - a world where there are no cars, no planes, no televisions, no ipods, no hospitals - naturally throws up a lot of lively debate. And what with Angels appearing, and there being "no room in the inn", and having to have the baby on straw in a stable with animals, and Three Wise Men showing up with gifts and Shepherds arriving, this really is rich terrain to place in the small hands of truly natural story tellers. Who knows what we will learn?

Performed by pupils from St Malachy's Primary School, Kilclief and St Joseph's Primary, Strangford. With Liam Neeson.

Devised with....Frank Cottrell Boyce
Producer....Gemma McMullan
Production Co-ordinator....Morag Keating
Sound Supervisor....Bill Maul
Sound Supervisor....John Riddell.

20161224

An improvised drama of The Nativity as dictated by young children as they contemplate a story where there really is rather a lot to take on board.

At age five and six they know only the world around them so even hurdling the concept of "Long, long ago" - a world where there are no cars, no planes, no televisions, no ipods, no hospitals - naturally throws up a lot of lively debate. And what with Angels appearing, and there being "no room in the inn", and having to have the baby on straw in a stable with animals, and Three Wise Men showing up with gifts and Shepherds arriving, this really is rich terrain to place in the small hands of truly natural story tellers. Who knows what we will learn?

Performed by pupils from St Malachy's Primary School, Kilclief and St Joseph's Primary, Strangford. With Liam Neeson.

Devised with - Frank Cottrell Boyce

Producer - Gemma McMullan

Production Co-ordinator - Morag Keating

Sound Supervisor - Bill Maul

Sound Supervisor - John Riddell.

An improvised drama of The Nativity as dictated by young children as they contemplate a story where there really is rather a lot to take on board.

At age five and six they know only the world around them so even hurdling the concept of "Long, long ago" - a world where there are no cars, no planes, no televisions, no ipods, no hospitals - naturally throws up a lot of lively debate. And what with Angels appearing, and there being "no room in the inn", and having to have the baby on straw in a stable with animals, and Three Wise Men showing up with gifts and Shepherds arriving, this really is rich terrain to place in the small hands of truly natural story tellers. Who knows what we will learn?

Performed by pupils from St Malachy's Primary School, Kilclief and St Joseph's Primary, Strangford. With Liam Neeson.

Devised with - Frank Cottrell Boyce

Producer - Gemma McMullan

Production Co-ordinator - Morag Keating

Sound Supervisor - Bill Maul

Sound Supervisor - John Riddell.

20171225

A reimagining the story of the Nativity, 'written' by five- and six-year-old children.

An improvised drama of The Nativity as dictated by young children as they contemplate a story where there really is rather a lot to take on board.
At age five and six they know only the world around them so even hurdling the concept of "Long, long ago" - a world where there are no cars, no planes, no televisions, no ipods, no hospitals - naturally throws up a lot of lively debate. And what with Angels appearing, and there being "no room in the inn", and having to have the baby on straw in a stable with animals, and Three Wise Men showing up with gifts and Shepherds arriving, this really is rich terrain to place in the small hands of truly natural story tellers. Who knows what we will learn?

Performed by pupils from St Malachy's Primary School, Kilclief and St Joseph's Primary, Strangford. With Liam Neeson.

Devised with....Frank Cottrell Boyce
Producer....Gemma McMullan
Production Co-ordinator....Morag Keating
Sound Supervisor....Bill Maul
Sound Supervisor....John Riddell.

The Mysteries20001224

From the National Theatre production of `The Mysteries', `The Nativity', based on the medieval plays of York, Wakefield and Chester, in a version by Tony Harrison and the Company.

With Peter Armitage, Stephen Bent, David Bradley and Cathryn Bradshaw.

Directed by Bill Bryden.

The Mysteries19991224

Bill Bryden's Royal National Theatre production of `The Mysteries', based on the medieval plays of YORK, Wakefield and Chester, in a version by Tony Harrison and the Company. The play tells the story of the birth of Christ, attended by the shepherds and the three kings, and Herod's slaughter of the innocents. With Peter Armitage, Don Warrington, Cathryn Bradshaw, Joanna Page and William MacBain. Director: Bill Bryden.