Kismet dazzle with Christmas production

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CHRISTMAS crackers and festive fun was on the cards from local am-dram favourites, as Marian Harrison reviews their latest show.

With seasonally appropriate sparkle, Kismet delivered its performance of Christ Mass at Gainsborough United Reformed Church.

The venue made a magnificent backdrop to Michael Hatfield’s modern Nativity. Directed by Kerry Greenwood and performed by an exceptionally talented cast, the production was even further enhanced by an excellent live band.

With a clever arrangement of set and lighting, the audience was rapidly swept into the Old Testament. In an energetic and action-packed show, we witnessed the dramatisation of a number of biblical tales from the creation of the world, the fall of Lucifer and the temptation of Adam and Eve, to the drama and tragedy of Cain and Abel and of Abraham and Isaac. Finally, there was the Nativity, the flight into Egypt and Herod’s slaughter of the innocents.

There was, however, far more on offer than a simple retelling of well known Bible stories.

Passion, drama, conflict, fear, pathos and humour unfolded in a unique mix of contemporary theatre and medieval mystery play. It was funny, terrifying, poignant and thought provoking - there really was something for everyone.

I thought I had seen enough Nativities over the years, but decided to go anyway because I always enjoy Kismet’s work. And I’m so glad I did! It takes a special talent to incorporate such an enormous variety into one show and the success of Christ Mass is a great credit to all concerned in its creation and production. A thoroughly enjoyable evening! Great work Kismet - I’m already looking forward to your next performance.