They’re all stars in a nativity play but, at Crail Parish Church earlier this month, it was pony Blackie who stole the show.
Donning costume as a donkey, Blackie ignored the theatrical adage “never work with children and adults” to be led by Joseph, played by nine-year-old Elliot Stockwell, into the church, while carrying Rosie Rickman (7) as Mary.
Blackie joined the cast for their dress rehearsal before her theatrical debut but she has enough experience of working with children to take to the stage like a natural. After all, she’s already well known for offering children rides at Crail Fete and is a familiar presence at the Barnsmuir Farm riding school, where she lives.
Children taking part in Sunday’s play ranged in age from three-year-old Louise Gray, who featured as a star, to 13-year-old innkeeper Callum Aird.
They are all involved in JaM – Jesus and Me – the church Sunday School, and live in Crail and the surrounding area. They had been practising the traditional nativity play for about six weeks, under the watchful eye of organiser, schoolteacher Mandy Guthrie. They entertained with singing and music, with piano and clarinet solos.