This production is staged in Duddingston Kirk, it has a charming and intimate feel as a venue and the show is also very charming and intimate too.
The story is essentially the traditional nativity story with a pantomime flavour. It is entertaining both from a comedic point of view but also from watching good acting within beautiful surroundings – perfect venue for this production.
Throughout the show there is organ music and beautiful singing from Maria and also some very amusing songs such as “Ye cannae shove wee Danny off the bus”, one about what you can buy with a diamond, the anti-Christmas song and Harold’s Lullaby.
Harold, a grumpy ghoul-like caretaker (an excellent villain/Scooby Doo baddie), who wants to get the diamond (star), so he can become the richest man in the world. He has a boofer, and uses it in a three stooges style. In the end, he learns that by giving something to someone else for the first time will make him the richest man in the world.
Danny, Rory and Joe, men who are childlike in nature, spot a star in the sky. They decide to act like three wise kings by following the star and buying the baby presents.
John and Maria are essentially Mary and Joseph, and Ralph (bodyguard/angel) add a more straight, grown up type of character, making the balance just right between a well acted play and good fun.
Highlights were the three kings’ gifts, watching them on their camels and Harold’s boofer. Oh and watch out for the spider.
Duddingston Kirk is a beautiful venue with the added bonus of being able to wander round the manse gardens afterwards, making a great way to spend an afternoon.
Ben (6) said, "There were lots of funny parts and I liked Harold the best”
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