With the wisdom of age comes the realisation that there are far more interesting characters to be played in the traditional Christmas story.
A survey shows that most adults, were they to star in a production today, would rather be cast as the evil king Herod or the inhospitable innkeeper.
Steve Goddard, who commissioned the poll to coincide with a new festive animation, said: “It seems that the hero roles, Mary and Joseph, are popular with kids. But the villainous roles, innkeeper and Herod, are attractive to adults. Mary’s slump is the most dramatic.
“Have we created nativity play Mary as a dull, goody-two-shoes and Joseph so wooden that as adults we no longer identify with them as real people? We’ve made it into a fairy story.
“We end up identifying with the interesting, darker or good-time characters: Herod or the innkeeper.” Read more...