The Maskers' Studio Theatre
2 - 7 December 2019

Performances at 7:30pm.

Telephone bookings 0333 666 3366 (booking fee applies to phone bookings)

This amateur production of “The Flint Street Nativity” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company.

"It's Child's Play!"

Now Children, Nativity costumes ready?

The story of sweet, charming seven year olds and the production of their Christmas show. The children include a psychopath who wants to be Mary, a mafia boss who terrifies all the boys and a shepherd who knows where babies come from – and you moo a lot.”
Add “Mrs Horrocks is very keen which is more than you can say for the children (except Mary and the Narrator, obviously).
They are in their classroom because of the newts in the hall. (Don’t ask).

  • Will Gabriel get to play Mary?
  • Will the Innkeeper find true love?
  • Will anyone remember the words of the carols? (Except Mary, obviously).

Don’t miss Flint Street Nativity, the Maskers Christmas show (with carols, mince pies and mulled wine obviously).

Director & Cast

The Director of this production is Eric Petterson
Eric joined Maskers in 2012 to write songs and sing in the Christmas show. Up to now he has been an actor in many shows, including Great Expectations, Antigone, Wyrd Sisters and, latterly, as Len in Comfort Me with Apples. He has regularly performed in Christmas shows over the years, but this is his first time as director. He says that acting is much easier. In the words of Blackadder – “You just get drunk, stick on silly hats and trust to luck.". He doesn’t think that’ll work for a director…

Inn Keeper is played by Jez Minns
Jez has been acting with the Maskers since he was thirty and has been involved in many shows and made many wonderful friends. Recent productions include An Italian Straw Hat, Around the World in Eighty Days, Don Quixote and Twelfth Night. He’s very happy to be in this year’s Christmas show and next year he’ll be directing the one-act comedy Sharks in the Custard.

Star is played by Heather Calloway
A member of Maskers since 2018 only, Heather had an exhausting, but thoroughly enjoyable, time playing various small parts in the summer production of Don Quixote at Hamptworth. Then The Flint Street Nativity came along, a truly different kind of Christmas production and – well, who wouldn’t relish the idea of playing a star-struck seven-year-old? After all, her stage début at that age was playing Mary in the church nativity – although she is not saying how many years ago that was!

Narrator is played by Brian Sansbridge

Herod/Joseph is played by Ian Wilson
Ian has just finished directing 100 in the studio and considered that the prospect of going on to play a seven-year-old in a school nativity was a good way to wind down! He played an Innkeeper in a Junior school production just after the events of this nativity took place, so feels well able to bring in a vast experience of the period. Interestingly, some may argue that it’s not the first time as a member of Maskers he has been able to act like a kid.

Wiseman Frankinsense is played by Philip de Grouchy
Once again, your Yuletide is to be graced by Philip’s presence in the Maskers' Christmas Show. 'Can't they get rid of him?' you ask. Poor old fellow, we have to take pity on him; he can only manage shows in which he sits down for most of the time, as he thought - only to find himself tottering about as a very young school boy who can't 'thay hith eth-eth' in this funny yet touching comic nativity.

Mary is played by Jane Russell

Wiseman Gold is played by Rachel Eynon
Oh no, it is that time of year again.. This is becoming an annual event for Rachel! Last year she was a suffragette; this year she is a bit more needy and longs to be teacher’s pet. Poor Wise Gold wants to be everybody's friend. Will it end in tears? Let's hope her mum wins the bingo. Rachel herself has lots of lovely friends in the Maskers and is really enjoying herself finding her inner child (who is never far away).

Angel is played by Molly McDade

Gabriel is played by Marie McDade

Shepherd is played by Sue Dashper

Ass is played by tba

Creative Team

Production Manager
Ken Hann
Stage Manager
Robert Osborne
Set Design
Set Construction
Set Dressing
Lighting Designer
Clive Weeks
Lighting Operator
Sound Designer
Jamie McCarthy
Sound Operator
Rosa Longman
Wardrobe & Costumes
Alison Tebbut
Rehearsal Prompt
Val Struthers

Ticket Information

Tickets £11

No concessions


Available after the performance

For the Maskers

Technical Manager:- Jamie McCarthy;   Lighting Consultant:- Clive Weeks;   Sound Consultant:- Jamie McCarthy;   Marketing Director:- Peter Court;   Marketing Team:- Sarah Russell, Angela Stansbridge, Clive Weeks, Robert Osborne, Meri Mackney, Paul Baker;   Front of House Manager:- Chris Baker;   Box Office Manager:- Chris Baker;   Photography:- Clive Weeks;   Bar Manager:- Meri Mackney

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