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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

Liverpool's nativity...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

After the success of the Manchester Passion in 2006, it's our turn to host a modern musical retelling of part of the Jesus story. A three stage live Nativity play will take place on the streets of Liverpool on the 16th December, to be screened on BBC Three. The play will star Geoffrey Hughes, Cathy Tyson and Jennifer Ellison, and, following the example of Manchester's Passion, will include music from Liverpool's rich heritage such as The La's, The Zutons and (surprise surprise) The Beatles. It should be well worth going to, if you're in Liverpool, or watching on the TV in the warmth of your home if not!

For more info see the BBC's press release 'here'

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 10:13 AM


Hi Malcolm

I thank God that 'Liverpool's nativity' took place and it has inspired me to do something (a little less ambitious) at a local level. In this world of 'political correctness' it is good to have the nativity story being given such a high profile. I particularly liked the emphasis on Joseph as an asylum seeker. However I struggled somewhat with what seemed to be a glorification of Liverpool in the script.

God bless


commented by Blogger Question of Identity, 3:26 PM  

Hi Malcolm

Re Neil's comment.

I'm from Liverpool and sadly I was unable to go to the event in person but some friends of mine did. My own impression was that, although I thought it was a brilliant creative idea, which slightly disappointed in its execution. I too did not like the over-glorification of Liverpool too much, in fact if anything it tended to reinforce the negative sterotyping of Scousers at times. On the poisitive side I loved Cathy Tyson's protrayal of Herod and the protrayal of Joseph as an asylum seeker. Probably most significantly though, it opened up an opportunity to talk to my boss about the event. He, like many of us in Liverpool, is passionate about music and a mad Beatles fan, but he too was expecting more than was delivered. I know its easy to criticise and do I wholeheartedly applaud the venture...let's hope a few lessons can be learned for building upon.

Malcolm...look forward to seeing you at Dream at St Marks Haydock on Sunday evening.


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