To conclude their stellar 2018 season, Red Phoenix Theatre proudly presents the Adelaide premiere of The Flint Street Nativity by British playwright Tim Firth (Kinky Boots & Calendar Girls).
Based on the 1999 cult British television film of the same name, The Flint Street Nativity unfolds as a ruthless, back-stabbing comedy of infant power-politics and explores the trials and tribulations teachers face when staging the annual Nativity play.
Red Phoenix Theatre's production follows Mizz Horrocks' class of seven-year-olds as they are preparing to perform their Nativity play at Flint Street Primary School for their proud mums and dads – and even the occasional social worker. Altercations arise when Gabriel has ambitions 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 ...
Playwright Tim Firth has based his story on real events collected over ten years from members of his family and friends who were teachers. The resulting performance unravels like a kindergarten version of Game of Thrones filled with seething vengeance, emotional blackmail, betrayals of allegiance and the unexpected and hysterical decapitation of Jesus.
The dynamics of the children's friendships and their loyalties flip-flop throughout the play as they begin to reflect images of their parents. Delightful fun is created by having the children played by adult actors. This wonderfully enjoyable theatrical device is supported by their amusingly skewed versions of Christmas carols and further exposes some awkward home truths about their parents.
In some delicious mince-pie moments towards the end of the play, the actors change into the children's parents. Audiences will enjoy laugh out loud moments as we hear the parents shamelessly tell lies and half-truths when, unknown to them, the children have already told us what's really happening. The children may be played by adults, but it seems to be the parents who are acting like children!
The Flint Street Nativity is a must-watch this Christmas season. The strictly limited season will run from Nov 8 to 17 at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, 34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh (next to Coopers Stadium). Tickets are now on sale. Choose from the following sessions: Thursday November 8th to Saturday November 10th @ 7.30pm, Sunday November 11th at 2.00pm, Wednesday November 14th to Saturday November 17th @ 7.30pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.holdenstreettheatres.com or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door subject to availability.
Choose from the following sessions: Thursday November 8th to Saturday November 10th @ 7.30pm, Sunday November 11th at 2.00pm, Wednesday November 14th to Saturday November 17th @ 7.30pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.holdenstreettheatres.com or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door subject to availability.
Tickets are priced $25.00 Full / $19.00 Concession / $21 Group Concession (6 or more persons).
For more information on The Flint Street Nativity, please visit www.redphoenixtheatre.com
Cast and Creatives: Directed by Michael Eustice and featuring Brendan Cooney, Derek Crawford, Cheryl Douglas, Brant Eustice, Nick Fagan, Sharon Malujlo, Tracey Walker, Tim Williams, Lyn Wilson and Anita Zamberlan Canala.
About Tim Firth: Tim Firth is a British playwright and composer whose works include Calendar Girl (which broke the all-time UK box office record for a play), A Man Of Letters, The Safari Party, Sign of the Times, Our House, Neville's Island, This Is My Family, The Girls – Musical, and recently released musical, The Band. His film credits include Calendar Girls, Blackball, Kinky Boots, and The Wedding Video. Tim Firth is regarded as one of the funniest and incisive theatrical writers in the UK.