Issue date: 08 December 2004

In a new venture for UWE Bristol, the Centre for Performing Arts is presenting the Rock Nativity in three different city centre churches. The musical is written by David Wood, with music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent, and it takes the form of a retelling of the Christmas story in a modern equivalent of the medieval mystery play. The cast is totally made up of UWE students who play the chorus, becoming the parts in the story as required. The evening’s entertainment will include performances by the UWE Big Band or Showstoppers group singing numbers from the West End and Broadway.

The University is very keen on outreach into the community, which is why there will be three performances in different areas of the city. The first night is on Sunday 12 December at St Agnes Church, St. Paul’s; the second on Monday 13 December at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Kingswood; and the final night at Redland Park United Reformed Church, Whiteladies Road on Tuesday 14 December. Admission is by retiring collection on the first two nights, and tickets on the door at Redland (£6.00 and £4.00 concessions). All profits go to various charities including the Babe Appeal and the Bristol Drugs Project.

More details are available from the Centre for Performing Arts – telephone 0117 32 82067 or e-mail


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