Tag Archive: Nativity

As mentioned in my last review, I am not a fan of the last couple of weeks in the calendar year, so to attend two Christmas themed productions in those final few days of 2022, was a fete above and beyond the call. However, like the week before, I thoroughly enjoyed my outing which this time consisted of Nativity! The Musical.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

Mr Madden, a teacher at St Bernadette’s Primary School is forced to organise the annual nativity play. After a war of words with rival, Mr Shakespeare, from Oakwood School, he vows to bring Hollywood to Coventry in the form of his former girlfriend, Jennifer, who is supposedly a high-flyer in Tinseltown. However, Jennifer’s status is not as grand as she once made out and adding the bizarre and extrovert antics of teaching assistant, Mr Poppy into the mix, Mr Madden has his hands full.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

Yes, Nativity! The Musical is Christmas, all gift-wrapped and unashamedly full of seasons’ cheer. But even though this is the draw which brings the kids and their families in, it is an enjoyable show. And that’s the important thing. Many of these families may never have even sat in a theatre before. However, after such a good time, the hope is they now develop a feel for the art and will return next year, maybe going onto other theatre offerings in the meantime.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

A full company opening of Here Comes Santa Claus is followed by sometimes cheesy, but nevertheless, feelgood tunes in Five Star Review/Better Than You, St Bernadette’s, Hollywood Are Coming and especially, Sparkle and Shine which also features at the end of Act One and then in a finale reprise. I particularly enjoyed the Oakmore Nativity (Herod the Rock Opera) with the homage to Jesus Christ Superstar’s guitar riffs. And then there was the St Bernadette’s Nativity: Nazareth, One Look and Good News were all excellent before the story wrapped up with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and She’s the Brightest Star.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

Then there are also principal numbers. Ben Lancaster (superbly playing Mr Poppy) shines in Very First Day at School as does Billy Roberts (Mr Maddens) and Daisy Steere (Jennifer) duetting with Wrapped in a Rainbow. And the villain of the piece, the gloriously evil Mr Shakespeare (Matthew Rowland) stood out with Hollywood Never Came.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

Supporting well in the adult cast were Ralph Bogard, Jamie Chapman, Jemma Churchill, Tom Hext, Sydney Isitt-Ager, Cameron Johnson, Callum Train, Eliza Waters and Louie Wood. But I must give a huge shout out to the talented youngsters for whom many, this will have been the biggest production of their lives so far. Over the run they were split into two groups, but I’ll give them all the recognition they fully deserve.

The children of St Bernadette’s were Ava Ayodeji, George Bakel, Frankie Bradbury, Ava Carty-Jones, Madison Davis, Hattie Disney, Matilda Flower (playing the tiniest but brightest star), Seth Foster, Isaac Fox, Felix Holt, Ava Hupperdine-Perrin, Molly Jin, Sophie John, Kyrelle Lammy, Mac Manumbre, Oliver Milchard, Darcie Morris, Alexandra Ngwenya, Mischa Palor, Abigail Salt, William Stafford and Ziame Stewart. Whereas those from Oakmore featured Willow Adamson, Toby-Jay Amphlett, Bronte Ashmore, Zara Bench, Beatrice Carpenter, Amelia Katie Connor, Thomas Cox, Amelie Davison, Alyssa Dewar, Ivy Edwards, Betsy Fahey, Ayana Freckleton, Effie Gell, Isla Granville, Ocean-Flower Hemmings, Jessica Howell, Alfie JenningsNia King, Ava Knight, Will North Lewis, River Mahjouri, Annabel Parsons, Zara Pearson, Max Reekie, Gerline Rosales, Frankie Stephens, Eboni Rae’ Thomas-Witter, Amelia Uma Thompson, Isla-Belle Trimble, Ryley Trimble, Daniel Webley and Iman Wilkins.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022

Debbie Isitt is the writer/musical composer of the show and directed the production. Co-Composer, on the other hand was Nicky Ager and the Associate Choreographer, Rebecca Locus. Musical direction came from Joshua Griffith while orchestral supervision was from George Dyer.

Nativity! The Musical, like Christmas, is over now. However, if as the main subject, it reappears again at the end of this year, I’d certainly recommend giving it a go.

Nativity! The Musical — Birmingham Rep — December 30 2022


Antony N Britt

Still harping on about Christmas.

I do hate it. Just for once it would be nice to do something I want instead of having to please other people.

December 23 - Bah Humbug!

Ahh, Christmas. A time when we should all worship our loving God. The same God who slaughters over 2 million of his subjects in the Bible. With friends like him …?

Take the nativity. Jesus is born and God sends a star to guide three wise men to bear gifts. Unfortunately, the star isn’t accurate and the men end up going to King Herod by mistake. So, having been sent the wrong way by God, the wise men blurt out the secret to Herod, thus instigating the massacre of the innocents. Hmm … Doesn’t sound very wise to me.

Dec 29 - Monty Python Wise Men

Sorry, couldn’t resist.

Because of God’s misdirection, dozens of newborn subjects, waiting to be brainwashed into loving God, are murdered.

There is a moral to this story. If ever in life you are lost and in need of direction, don’t trust God, buy a Sat-Nav instead.

Merry Christmas.

And talking of Christmas presents …

Earlier this year I did a piece about a two inch Hex/Allen key which came posted to me in a twelve inch box full of polystyrene shapes to protect the metal object. Well, one of David’s Christmas presents nearly matched that for over zealous packing.

Dec 29 - Big Box for Small Item © Antony N Britt

There it is, a massive three-foot box to send a twelve inch toy train. And no bubble wrap … tut tut. It’s a good job my recycle collection came two days after Christmas.

And while I was shopping for the kids toys …

I’m glad my daughter isn’t into those bland karaoke singers from One Dimension (I mean … One Direction). If she was, she may have wanted me to buy her the replica dolls instead of the Gothic Dead Dolls she normally likes (Yes, I have children with strange tastes). However, while I was shopping for Clawdeen Wolf, Venus Flytrap and Viperine Gorgon, I came across the previously mentioned boy-band dolls.

Dec 29 - One Direction Doll in Shop

Ahh … I’m kind of guessing Liam is the minger of the band who nobody wants. I almost feel sorry for him.

And the picture of the week.

When I used to post on Myspace, I only offered one photograph a week at first. It would always be something I came across while out and about. This one I’m sticking on now reminds me of the ludicrous things I used to see.

As I was climbing the staircase to make my way to a coffee shop, I noticed elsewhere in the building there was a CD and Record fair taking place. However, half way up the stairs, after kicking some puppet frog out of the way, I noticed a directional sign for the CD event.

Dec 29 - Upside Down Sign © Antony N Britt

I’m guessing they hadn’t a sign which catered for the stairs turning to the right so therefore had to put this one upside down.

Only in Walsall.

A short observation.

Also in my Myspace roasts, I would have a piece titled, Knob of the Week. Okay, this knob was a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t posted in that time so I really should give one final award and hand it to Lord Hanningfield.

Dec 29 - Lord Hanningfield

Hanningfield has been in the news over the revelation he claimed £300 allowance for spending 45 minutes in the House of Lords one day.

Yet another example of the over privileged having positions of power in this country. In an interview, the Tory Twit stated he didn’t know what the fuss was about. He called it, “A storm in a teacup.”

Spending under an hour to earn £300, I’m surprised he had time for a cup of tea.

And a Happy New Year.

2013 has been the most difficult year of my life, and it had a knock on effect in my writing. As for the Sunday Roast, I hope throughout, people haven’t been offended by what I say. It really is, tongue-in-cheek.

I don’t actually dislike One Direction. I wouldn’t know their songs if they were blasting my eardrums. I don’t even hate Russel Brand, Sharon Osbourne or any of the other celebrities I’ve lampooned. Even the royals, I’m ambivalent about. So I’m truly okay with all I have a go at and none of the insults are meant. Well, apart from those directed at Iain Duncan Smith. He’s a complete cunt.

Dec 29 - Iain Duncan Smith

Farewell from the Sunday Roast.



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