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Brighton: Soul by the Sea present Christmas nativity production

Soul by the Sea are promising to bring Brighton to life this December with a Christmas nativity like no other ...

A Christmas nativity like no other will bring Brighton to life this December with the inaugural performance of Soul By The Sea’s Christmas Nativity, a production of one of the world’s most recognised stories.

Director James Burke-Dunsmore, a highly regarded professional actor who has portrayed the part of Jesus Christ on stage, film, TV and radio over the last 14 years, is leading a volunteer cast from Brighton to retell the story of John and Jesus’ births.

Theatre professionals have been working alongside the Brighton community to put on a truly gritty and moving performance, faithful to the original scripture. The cast are a mixture of denominations, backgrounds and nationalities and have been working hard to put into context the remarkable story that is so often sugar-coated.

James Burke-Dunsmore says: "It has been a wonderful experience working with the Brighton community to create Soul By The Sea’s first ever Christmas Nativity. I am continually amazed by the high calibre of acting – I'm delighted we are able to bring the production to the south coast.”

The ‘Christmas Nativity’ will be performed nightly from Tues 18 - Fri 21 December 2012 at St Mary’s Church in St James' Street, Brighton BN2 1PR. Tickets are £10 each (plus booking fee) from or by calling 0800 7408 254 between 9am-5pm Tuesday-Friday. Doors open at 7pm, and booking confirmations will be required for entry. Mulled wine and mince pies are available before each performance.

The Christmas Nativity has been written and performed as a prelude and fundraiser to Brighton’s Easter Passion Play 2013. A proportion of income from both events will be donated to local charity Off The Fence.

Soul By The Sea are a Brighton-based team dedicated to promoting the Gospel through creative expression. They began in April 2006 at the Dome in Brighton with a festival of art and music.  Wanting to reach more of the community, in the Summer of 2010 SBTS took the festival onto Brighton’s seafront and by Easter 2011 they hosted the first ever open-air performance of the Passion of Christ, which portrayed the days leading up to Jesus’ arrest, death and resurrection, held close to Brighton’s historic West Pier.

Now an annual event, nearly 200 Brighton-based people from a diverse range of denominations, backgrounds and nationalities have volunteered to take part in the plays. The Passion Plays are part of the charity The Passion Trust.

James Burke-Dunsmore has worked in professional theatre for 16 years. He has directed more than 20 plays and written and directed 11 scripts. Along with his involvement with the world famous Wintershall plays, and his position as Artistic Director for Leicester's Christ in the Centre and Brighton's Soul by the Sea Festival, he has over the last 14 years portrayed the part of Jesus Christ on film, TV, stage and radio. In 2011 he was a joint recipient of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, awarded to The Wintershall Players.

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