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Giants, shepherds, kings, devils and angels featured in Trinity's sell out Christmas production.

Giant puppets, rock music, urban dance and graffiti-covered walls featured prominently in Trinity School’s sold-out take on The Nativity. Boys and girls from years 7 to 13 brought to life Royal Shakespeare Company David Farr’s original re-telling of the Christmas story.

The play tells of Mary and Joseph’s physical and spiritual journey – a journey involving giants, shepherds, kings, devils and angels; a journey covering hundreds of miles and ending in a divine miracle.

Head of Drama Mr Phil Mazur said: “Working on this play has also been an amazing journey for the fifty or so of us involved. The DT Department built giant puppets for the show, whilst our resident choreographer helped to develop a contemporary dance piece for Mary and Joseph’s wedding. We’ve had workshops on physical theatre so that we could safely throw principal actors from mountains, and had the Mask Emporium create specialist grotesque masks for our devils.”

In addition, pupils used the School’s TV studio to create video inserts for both the main stage and the promenade performance elements of the event, whilst an award winning animator – who happens to be a Drama GCSE student at Trinity - created a series of animations to show the different locations. The scene changes were supported by the work of the Art Department and their GCSE and A Level students, helping to create a set that supported the play’s messages of belief and faith in others; messages echoed during the intermission, in the carols sung by the renowned Trinity Choristers.

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