An oasis of calm amid the chaos of Christmas

Donna Jennings with Jacob
Donna Jennings with Jacob

The final touches are being made to one of the most keenly-anticipated events in the festive calendar, which takes place this weekend.

Fife Nativity Play, being held for the first time at Cairnie Fruit Farm, is a unique outdoor event that promises to provide an oasis of calm amid the Christmas frenzy.

It’s the 19th time the event has been staged and the second year in the hands of producers Eugene and Jill Adams, who took it over from its founder, Charlotte de Klee.

And this year, Eugene says its new venue brings with it an even more warm and welcoming atmosphere.

“The new venue is fantastic,” he said.

“It will be definitely create an enhanced experience for the audience.

“The staff at Cairnie have been busy doing their home baking and there’ll be a wonderful Christmassy feel .

“Whether people have faith or not, it provides an opportunity to step out of the crazy consumerist world and spend precious time with family and friends.

“People get caught up in a shopping frenzy and often end up getting into debt, which is sad.

“The play is a reminder of why we celebrate Christmas and is something to enjoy in an atmosphere of calm.”

As always, all the parts in the play are taken by ‘real’ people, with the roles of Mary and Baby Jesus being played this year by Donna Jennings and her six-week-old son Jacob.

It will be a particularly moving occasion for Donna, whose five-year-old son Sam died at Cairnie in 2009.

Donna’s eldest daughter Joy (13), also has a key role to play as an innkeeper.

All the animals used in the production are also real, lending an authenticity that has caught the imagination of audiences from all over Scotland and beyond.

‘Mary’ will arrive on her donkey, led by her loyal husband Joseph; shepherds leave their bonfires to bring their sheep and the Kings arrive on horseback.

“It is an ageless, timeless story that can be appreciated by all generations and of all faiths and none,” says Eugene.

“It’s all about bringing families together.”

The play takes place next Saturday, Sunday and Monday, December 20-22, and there are two performances on each day.

As it’s an outdoor nativity, audiences are reminded to wrap up warmly!

Tickets can be booked online at www.fifenativityplay.org.uk