What if Jesus was a Mackem? Playwright premieres his Sunderland Nativity

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WAS Mary turned away because there was no room at the new Travelodge? And did the three wise men bring gifts of a Primark onesie, Greggs pasty and a Krispy Kreme doughnut?

All will be revealed in the Mackem Nativity.

Penned by playwright Ed Waugh, the modern-take on the Nativity with a Wearside twist is set to be a highlight of the Sunderland Echo Carol Service which takes place at Sunderland Minster on Monday night from 6.30pm.

Ed, who along with writing partner Trevor Wood has produced stage shows including Waiting for Gateaux and Dirty Dusting, said: “There’s lots of local references in it like Roker Park and the Stadium of Light.

“I don’t have a car. I get the bus everywhere, and you see a lot of interesting characters going through all the estates. I think Sunderland will like it. The great thing about Sunderland audiences is that they’re always up for a laugh.”

Classic carols including Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are part of the ceremony. Little Donkey, written by Wearside-born songwriter Eric Boswell, will also feature.

Mulled wine will be served after the service which features readings from a host of high-profile Wearsiders including council leader Paul Watson.

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