Visually and atmospherically delightful, inventive and original, The DIY Nativity is a highly entertaining, fast moving mini extravaganza of colourful fun, held together by the solid base of David Curtis-Ring’s wonderfully conceived set design, props and costumes.
Christmas spirit is certainly the emphasis, but with a unique angle. The small, energetic cast work their socks off, beginning with the basic theme “how we do it in our house”, then moving through an off the wall, yet thought-provokingly effective version of the nativity story.
Along the way we experience living presents, rap parodies, strobe effects and all kinds of interactive fun which the kids join in with enthusiastically, especially the pure slapstick food fight. The silliness cleverly disguises some balanced messages about such subjects as vegetarianism and greed, some of which may go over the heads of children, but regardless of a slightly disjointed feel, the bigger picture works very well.
Bryony Kimmings shines out as a bright, intelligent performer, ably supported by the rubber limbs and vocal dexterity of Stuart Bowden and the deceptively hesitant skills of Sam Halmarack.
I saw a schools performance but there is also an adult version which, I suspect, is just as entertaining in a different way.