Jesus My Boy is a retelling of the life of Jesus by his long-suffering father Joseph, an ordinary and down-to-earth man, dismayed about how his image is later portrayed in Christian art work!
The author, John Dowie, was a stand-up comedian so the script is hilarious and brilliantly written but also touching and poignant.
It is a warmly funny piece of theatre that lets Joseph, the forgotten man of the Christmas story, have his say.
Joseph’s story is largely unknown and his take on the greatest story ever told is refreshingly different.
Meet Joseph, just about the worst carpenter in the area.
He first got to know his wife when she returned to complain about a table she had bought from him.
“You call this a table?” are her first words to him as she returns the wonky item to his shop and sets about mending it herself.
It didn’t stop Joseph asking her out and they eventually got married.
A pretty unremarkable marriage until Mary announces she is pregnant and that Joseph is not the father.
She’s quite a girl, that Mary; you can see why Joseph takes her word for it when she announces she’s been impregnated by God.
When the boy grows up, he turns out to have a remarkable talent with wood, lending further weight to the idea Joseph may not be the father!
The young man has more important things to do than make furniture, however.
He must set out on the road to his destiny; an agonising death followed by the most remarkable set of events the world has ever seen.
Local production company HM Collective are proud to be putting on three performances of this gem of a play that lasts approximately 80 minutes including a 20-minute interval. The company are committed to providing top-quality theatrical entertainment at a very affordable price and they hope this will be the first of many ventures in the area.