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Fun and tears in school Nativity with a difference at Sheringham Little Theatre

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:42 03 October 2014

The full cast of the Flint Street Nativity. Picture: ERIC BRICKLES

The full cast of the Flint Street Nativity. Picture: ERIC BRICKLES

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A group of adults will be returning to their school days for a funny yet poignant Nativity play.

Janet Hignett and Luke Abendroth in a scene from the comedy. Picture: ERIC BRICKLES Janet Hignett and Luke Abendroth in a scene from the comedy. Picture: ERIC BRICKLES

The Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society, celebrating its centenary this year, is performing The Flint Street Nativity at Sheringham Little Theatre from Wednesday October 15 until Saturday October 18 at 7.30pm. There will be a matinée show on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

It is based on a 1999 British television comedy film written by Tim Firth, who wrote The Calendar Girls.

The play, which includes songs, is about a class of children aged about seven preparing for their annual school Christmas story production.

But some of the children have not learned their lines or song words and it turns out they are not entirely clear about the nativity story.

One of the cast members Ruth Elliott said: “It is very poignant at times. There are moments of hilarity. It is very well observed and very funny.

“It is very subtle and tugs at the heart strings at some points while other times you are howling with laughter.”

The play was written based on common misunderstandings heard by teachers every Christmas, from the very funny to the odd.

Adults play the roles of the children and it starts in the classroom when the students misbehave while their teacher is away; moves on to the Nativity play; and then focuses on the parents of each child which explains certain behaviours and characters.

The children’s teacher has to deal with the angel Gabriel wanting to be Mary, an innkeeper determined to improve the script, the new child who has not fitted in yet and the class bully who is in love with the virgin Mary, among other situations.

The society hopes to make £500 for the BBC Radio Norfolk and the Salvation Army’s Tins and Toys appeal, which raises money for food and toys for children around Christmas through ticket proceeds.

Tickets cost £10 and £9 and can be bought by calling 01263 822347 or visiting www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

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