Evaluation Phase

Flint Street Nativity

Written by Tim Firth

Directed by Matthew Lloyd

Performed at Liverpool Playhouse on 4th Jan

The play was based on a school nativity play. It was written to show how kids gain influence from their parents – you learn how the children pick up their habits. This was shown by the children who also play the parts of their parents so we get an insight into their lives. The plot showed the effects the parents have on their children and links were made to their personality and behavior.

In the play, the characters were played realistically; this gives an insight into the many types of children you would find in an average school. The actress who played Mary I thought was performed well. She was the main character of the play, and a classic example of a type of child – she was the bossy, pushy girl who always tried to keep things right. For example, saying Joseph’s lines in the nativity because he was continually watching his parents in the audience. She used gesture with her hands to emphasize this to show that she is frustrated with the behavior of the other kids. Her tone of voice helps to highlight her pushy nature. Mary’s style of acting was trying to communicate how there is some adult personality in the children from their parents. This is shown later in the play when she becomes her mother – you can tell she is her mother because of her nature and status, head of the PTA.

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The actor who played the “donkey” in the nativity was also another classic stereotypical child – the struggling, social outcast in special classes. Most of his way of acting is done to create humour, e.g. advising the child with the lisp to say something he can say – a rude word. His humour is emphasized with his use of voice. The parts of the play in which the donkey is backstage shows an insight into his character. His way of acting communicates how damaging the effects can be of gaining a parent’s influence. You can tell by the donkey’s father ...

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