Nativity in Finzean to be refugee-themed

One of the stars: Porridge the donkey is one of the stars of 'Alter:nativity' - the refugee-themed nativity coming to Finzean

One of the stars: Porridge the donkey is one of the stars of 'Alter:nativity' - the refugee-themed nativity coming to Finzean

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This year’s Birse and Feughside nativity will be an alternative production with a theme reflecting the plight of the Syrian refugees.

‘Alter:nativity’, written and directed by local artist Mel Shand, is a nativity with a twist.

Mel was invited to write a community play by the the Rev Anita Stutter.

Mel said: “I wanted it to be an all-inclusive and non-denominational nativity, as strange as that might sound. And I started writing it in September, when the Syrian refugee crisis was so prevalent in the news.

“And seeing as Mary and Joseph are essentially refugees, it seemed to work.

“There are various meditations throughout the play that bring the plight of refugees to the fore, and there will be a collection on the night in aid of a partnered refugee programme.”

The play will be performed outside - hopefully - under the stars, in the courtyard of the Home Farm Steading.

The organisers are prepared for all weather conditions except rain, in which case the venue will be moved to Finzean Hall.

Mel added: “We’re asking our audience to come to the play with a mindset that Mary and Joseph would have had.

“They will be greeted by a Roman guard, where they will be given a little bit of paper to fill out.

“On this they will write their hopes, which will later come into the play.”

It involves a cast from the communities of Birse and Ballogie, all the way through to Finzean and Strachan.

The ensemble cast features 23 men, 34 women, 13 teenagers,14 children, two live sheep and one live donkey called Porridge.Saturday, December 19 at 7pm, and on Sunday, December 20 at 4pm.

Tickets are £8 and £4. Email: info@portrait-of-our-time.co.uk, or call 01330 850 747.

So get down to Finzean, for the only refugee-themed nativity play on Deeside.