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Nativity story gets modern makeover by Norwich student

PUBLISHED: 13:03 16 December 2010

Norwich man Aaron Curran who has written a modern adaptation of the nativity play.
Photo: Andy Darnell

Norwich man Aaron Curran who has written a modern adaptation of the nativity play. Photo: Andy Darnell

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A Heartsease student has written a modern adaptation of the Nativity story, which will be staged this weekend.

Aaron Curran, 19, a creative writing student at City College Norwich, has put a contemporary twist on the story of the birth of Jesus, transforming the traditional story into the present day.

Titled ‘It’s the Nativity, Innit’, Aaron decided to take a “modern perspective” of the traditional 2,000-year-old story by setting it in contemporary Britain. Keeping to the framework of the traditional story, Aaron’s adaptation follows the story of Mary and Joseph as they are trying to find a place for baby Jesus to be born.

The play presents Mary as “a bit of a chav”, and Joseph as a “hard nut”. Rather than travelling on a donkey, Mary and Joseph are driving to hospital, but find themselves stuck in traffic as people are flocking to see what they believe is a UFO, which is in fact the star symbolising the birth of Jesus.

Aaron, who lives in Clancy Road, Heartsease, with his family, said: “It is a weird and exciting experience knowing that something I have written will be performed in front of a lot of people, but one that I am thoroughly looking forward to.”

He hopes that his updated Nativity will attract all generations; the modern perspective catching the eye of a younger audience, and the traditional story drawing in the older generations.

Aaron said that he looked at the traditional story set 2,000 years ago, and asked himself how, through the eyes of the two narrators, he could portray the traditional story, but making it relevant to today’s culture and society.

Having been a Christian since he was 10, Aaron believes that it was “God’s calling” for him to take up the Access to Creative Writing course at Norwich City College, which he studies for two days a week. He is planning to apply to university to study journalism and wants to pursue a career as a writer.

It’s the Nativity, Innit will be performed at the City Church, Norwich Christmas service at 10am on Sunday, December 19, at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Norwich.

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