Diocesan press releases

Christmas – The Story – a tale of one city and three towns

A free Nativity play featuring real donkeys which began four years ago in Cardiff is now being staged in one city, three towns and a prison.xmas 3

The churches in Cardiff have come together for the fourth time to perform ‘Christmas – The Story’ daily for three weeks in the heart of the capital.

Similar performances are also being staged this week in Port Talbot for the first time and next week in Carmarthen. Last week it ran in Aberdare.

In Cardiff the free nativity play currently being staged at the Tabernacl, in the Hayes, runs until December 20, in 20 minute performances from Monday to Saturday from 10am until 6pm.

The donkeys, that have been such a hit in previous years, are once again taking centre stage and are stabled in the forecourt of the Tabernacl. More than 2,000 local school children are enjoying free trips to see the production and new this year is ‘a fleeting meeting with St. Nicholas’, at St. John’s Church in The Hayes.xmas 1

Children can meet St Nicholas for free from Monday to Saturday until December 19 at 11am, 11.30am and 12 and also 2pm on weekdays.

The performance will also go on the road for a one-off show for the inmates at Cardiff Prison on Sunday, December 21.

The production, which is being funded by members of local churches, is the brainchild of Cardiff church-goer Sally Humble-Jackson, who came up with the idea after a shocking survey showed that there was a woeful lack of knowledge of the Nativity story among young people. The survey revealed that one third of young people did not know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

“I figured that it was time we got out of the pews and made sure that people could access the Nativity story as easily as they could drop in to see Santa in his grotto,” said Sally.

The free drop-in event tells the classical Biblical story, using a mix of adult actors, puppets and has professional staging, lighting and costumes. It is staged entirely by volunteers and is funded by local churches contributing just £1 for each member of their congregation.

In Port Talbot it is currently being performed in Wilko’s at Aberafan Shopping Centre until Saturday, December 13. Shows run daily at 10.30am and 2pm with an extra show at 4pm on Saturday.

Pictures show performances in Port Talbot, please credit www.thisisswanseawales.co.uk

To donate or volunteer please contact Sally Humble-Jackson,  c/o  Church House, Church Road, Cardiff CF14 OSJ, telephone 02920 493326 or email: cardiffnativity@gmail.com


For further details, please contact

Alison Young

Diocesan Communications Officer

Tel: 01656 868865; mobile: 07825 337437

Email: alisonyoung@churchinwales.org.uk

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