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Hottest ticket in town: Mart scene is set for Dingwall Players' A Highland Nativity


By Hector MacKenzie

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Alan McLeod and Robyn MacKay in character. Picture Gary Anthony.
Alan McLeod and Robyn MacKay in character. Picture Gary Anthony.

DINGWALL Mart played host to a colourful cast of characters as rehearsals began for a show proving to be a hot ticket ahead of performances from December 16-18.

Dingwall Players have already seen 450 of the available 600 free tickets for its A Highland Nativity snapped up with plans for a Facebook livestream ensuring no one need miss out.

Nick Fearne of the Players said: “It was our first time rehearsing in the mart, a totally different and unique experience but one that lends itself to A Highland Nativity. It was challenging but we had a good run through with music.”

Dingwall Gaelic Choir, Black Isle Gaelic Choir and Dingwall & District Choral Society will sing seasonal songs – “and after the show a very special person will draw the raffle!”

Tickets (which are free, but donations welcome) are going fast with the matinee booked out, and Saturday night going that way.

The scene is set and the cast preparing for A Highland Nativity at Dingwall Mart. Picture Gary Anthony
The scene is set and the cast preparing for A Highland Nativity at Dingwall Mart. Picture Gary Anthony

Last year’s lockdown meant the drama group couldn’t stage its annual Christmas show – but it is now “planning something quite different and very exciting”.

The show promises a family friendly excursion “with music, comedy and animals” and “a much-needed opportunity for the community of Dingwall to come together to celebrate Christmas – regardless of faith, belief or religion”.

With support from Highland Council Dingwall and Seaforth ward discretionary fund, performances are free – but tickets should be booked in advance at www.dingwallplayers.org.

The performance will include the comic Shepherds’ Pageant.

A Highland Nativity is based on 15th century Medieval Mystery (or Miracle) Play Cycles. These cycle of plays (York, Coventry, Chester and Wakefield being the best known) were based on the bible stories and enacted by various guilds and crafts around the town.

There is ample packing at the which is a short walk from Dingwall Town Centre. Courtesy of Don’s Taxis a free minibus service will leave from the High Street outside Dingwall Town Hall at 7pm and 7.15pm for the evening shows and 2pm and 2.15pm for the matinee, and returning after the show.

The advice: "Wrap up warm and come as a sheep by wearing a sheep hat or making a sheep mask – go to www.dingwallplayers.org for ideas on how to make one..."

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