[insert name of loved one] for Christmas? Well, here’s a suggestion: You call this a Nativity? A collection of rude, crude and downright blasphemous plays for Christmas by, er, me!
You call this a Nativity? began life on a BBC microcomputer in the Library at Frome College in 1989 when I was just eighteen. It was intended as a one-off ‘party-piece’ for the Christmas family holiday to Stackpole Quay, on the Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast. However, the Christmas Day reading was so well received that I decided to make it a regular feature of future Yuletide holidays with family and friends.
Over a twenty year period I wrote nine plays that were performed script-in-hand on December 25th, usually after dinner and in front of the fire, with a warming whisky or glass of wine to hand.
Every year the rules were the same. I distributed the scripts and parts to every capable person present (for often there were those too young to read) and made sure no-one read their script before it was time. This way I ensured that the jokes and plot would come as a surprise the moment they were read aloud, guaranteeing merriment all around.
Help, it’s a Christmas TV schedule – get me out of here! and Git King Wenceslas were written soon after studying Comedy Writing at City University in 2003. This was a period when I put a lot of energy into satirical sketch-writing, in an attempt to have my work aired on BBC Radio. These two scripts contain a lot of the work I submitted to Radio 2, including the Casino Towns sketch that was shortlisted for Parsons & Naylor’s Pull-out Sections.
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