The Christian nativity play has an essential cast: Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and assorted angels, shepherds and kings. But centre stage are also the ox and the ass. Why? Rachel Spence investigates these important cameo roles.
Produced by Jan Dalley, Emma Milner and Griselda Murray-Brown. Filmed by Steve Ager and edited by Stephanie Trowell. “In the Bleak Midwinter”, lyrics by Christina Rossetti, music by Harold Darke, sung by tenor Stephen Sands of the choir of Trinity Church, New York. From the album Christmas at Trinity (Naxos, 2001). “What child is this”, sung by Sissel in 2008