Nativity brings joy to the world

The Wokingham Paper - - CHRISTMAS NEWS - By PHIL CREIGHTON news@wok­ing­ham­pa­

A MODERN take on the Christ­mas story was per­formed in Wok­ing­ham on Sun­day night.

The an­nual Liv­ing Ad­vent Cal­en­dar took over Howard Palmer Gar­dens for the spe­cial show, de­vised, cre­ated and per­formed by lo­cal peo­ple.

Nicky All­press’s Theatre­smith com­pany teamed up with youth drama com­pany Plat­form YP and Churches To­gether in Wok­ing­ham to present the up­dated Nativity.

A spe­cially erected square stage en­abled the au­di­ence to stand all around the ac­tion.

Open­ing with the An­gel Gabriel in­tro­duc­ing the pop­u­lar carol Joy To The World, the play then quickly in­tro­duced Mary, Joseph, shep­herds, wise men and some mid­wives.

De­spite heavy rain ear­lier in the af­ter­noon, the open air per­for­mance went ahead as planned and saw hun­dreds turn out to en­joy the spec­ta­cle.

The Liv­ing Ad­vent Cal­en­dar con­tin­ues in Wok­ing­ham at 6pm on week­nights and 4pm on Satur­day and Christ­mas Eve.

Pic­tures: Phil Creighton

The cast of Wok­ing­ham’s Live Nativity on stage at Howard Palmer Gar­dens on Sun­day. Be­low: mem­bers of Plat­form YP added to the spec­ta­cle

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