“Christmas Live!” 7pm Tuesday 21st December 2021.
An Outdoor Nativity Play with Real Animals at Easington.
A special Christmas event for South Holderness.
“Christmas Live!” is an outdoor Nativity play created in a hilltop parish on the western edge of Sheffield in 1995. It uses real animals as performers and usually a real baby. It has regularly attracted audiences of several hundred and is still performed there annually.
The play will take place on Tuesday 21st December 2021 in Easington. The format is similar to the outdoor “Easter Story” Passion play that the churches staged in Withernsea and Hedon in 2017 and 2019. The actors mime to a fast-paced narration with the audience standing around the action. They then move with the players to a different scene. They won’t have far to walk, though, because most of the action will take place at Easington school or a short walk around the corner.
Reverend Philip West, the play’s author, says, “I am delighted to be able to bring “Christmas Live!” to Easington this year. Villagers are keen to help out and are already looking forward to it, and we hope to draw people from across South Holderness. They won’t be disappointed. Over the many years of its performances, people have been enthused about it. They say it makes Christmas real to them and brings it alive. I am especially hoping that it will bring a lot of cheer to people after living through such gloomy times. The play is good news for once!”
In the first scene, the angel Gabriel appears to Mary to tell her she is to become the mother of the Son of God. Another angel appears to Joseph to reassure him that he can marry Mary. The couple then makes the journey to Bethlehem for registration and that is where the donkey makes his appearance to accompany them. We next meet the shepherds watching over their flocks and the angels announcing the birth of Jesus. The next scene is in the stable, with Mary and Joseph and the baby and the donkey.
Finally, the Wise Men arrive. Maybe the real Wise Men travelled from the East by camel, but they may have come on horses, a common means of travel. Camels, however, are expensive to hire and difficult to handle so our Wise Men will arrive on splendid local horses!
There will be carol singing during the performance and refreshments will be served at the end in the church. Live Christmas music performed by the local band “Morning Dew”.
People in the village and across Holderness are busy making costumes and scenery, rehearsing the play, and planning to light and steward it.
If you would like to take part or offer help in any way, or for more information please contact Philip West:
- e: firstname.lastname@example.org
- t: 01964 603199.