Published: 12 December 2017

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A packed Bishton Village Hall joined in a humorous and musical take on the Christmas story performed by a 22-strong local cast who had been rehearsing since October under the watchful gaze of Producer Kevin Rickard, Prompter Jacqui Long and ingenious Wardrobe mistress, Christine Cocklin.

The drama took place outside the stable in Bethlehem, where a number of animals - donkey, cat, dog, ox, sheep and 2 camels grumbled loudly about being locked out. Flashback scenes to the heralding of Jesus’ birth to Mary, the Shepherds and the 3 Kings saw inspired performances by all the younger performers and some older ones too ! Standouts were Jamie Price as an Angel and brother and sister Freya and Rohan Underwood, as the Innkeeper’s wife and the donkey. The audience also enjoyed fine singing solos from Ben and Christie Baker and a raffle/refreshments by Sue Webber and Helene Hepworth. John Cocklin provided a wonderful set and props, as well being a fine camel. Paul Underwood did our publicity only too well as there were standing room only. Two BCC Councillors took part in the performance - see if you can spot them in the photos (to follow) 

This was the culmination of a year of new local activities planned by the Bishton Church Project Group, who have an ambitious programme for 2018 following their meeting with the Bishop of Monmouth last month to discuss the future. An appeal for the Bishton Church Tower has been launched. Contact details at


Behind the Stable Door proformance 

Behind the Stable Door proformance Behind the Stable Door proformance