Actors sought for the greatest story ever told

Preparations are underway to turn St. John the Evangelist Church into a theatre for two nights on 20th/21st December with the staging of the first ever ‘Carrington Nativity.’

A fully staged re-telling of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the project is being produced by St. John’s Church and Community Centre and is the brainchild of the Vicar, the Rev James Pacey. James, 35, who wrote the play and is directing, says the community project follows the success of similar ventures from his time worshipping in Newark and as curate in Hucknall.

“Back in 2011,” James says, “churches in Newark staged The Newark Nativity with the aim of bringing the community together. We were blown away by the success of the project there and then in Hucknall and it is a real pleasure to stage a similar community initiative here in Carrington.

“Our aim is to produce a play that explores the origins of Christmas in an entertaining, fresh and dynamic way that appeals to Christians and non-Christians alike.”

Despite the festive season, the play will be different from a normal nativity, says James: “The play aims to dig deeply into the relationship between Mary and Joseph, to show the struggles faced by the people in ancient Judea, and to explore the origins of Christmas in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.”

Cast members are being drawn from all over Carrington and the surrounding areas. James says “the Christmas message is for all people and I am utterly delighted that we have a large cast and crew of varying ages and backgrounds.”

With a powerful cinematic style soundtrack, and in the beautiful architecture of St. John’s Church, The Carrington Nativity plays on December 20th and 21st.

Tickets are £5 adults, £4 under 14s with a family ticket of 2 adults, 2 children at £15 and are available from The Little Deli in Carrington; Roots Natural Foods in Sherwood; Christine’s Community Cafe in Sherwood; online at