Organisers of the iconic Fife Nativity have promised that it will be back for its 20th anniversary next year after a well-earned break.
The unique event - which is staged out of doors and features live animals and a real baby as Jesus - is not taking place this Christmas but plans are already in hand for 2016.
Explained producer Eugene Adams: “This is not a cancellation, just a postponement.
“We had a number of considerations when making the decision not to stage the play this year.
“The main reason is that the cast and crew put so much hard work into it for months that they’re exhausted by the time Christmas comes.
“We start planning the event in spring and every year it brings fresh financial challenges.
“We felt that rather than embark on it in a half-hearted way we would take a year out to regroup.
“The play has become hugely successful and 2016 marks its 20th year.
“After taking a year out to enjoy Christmas with their own families, the cast and crew will be back next year re-invigorated and even more passionate.
“In the meantime, we’d like to take the opportunity to wish a happy Christmas to everyone.”
Formerly known as the Lochiehead Nativity, the play was founded by Charlotte de Klee and was originally held at her farm in Auchtermuchty.
It then moved to the former Fife Animal Park near Collessie, and Eugene and his wife Jill - whose youngest daughter, Chrissy, once had the starring role as Baby Jesus - took over the reins two years ago. It’s hoped that next year’s production will once again be held at Cairnie, just outside Cupar.
The play features a 40-strong cast of ‘ordinary’ people and the audience follows them around the fields as they re-enact the events surrounding Jesus’ birth.
Anyone who would like to get involved can find out more at www.fifenativityplay.org.uk