A Premature Nativity at Belfast City Hall

To highlight the significance of a baby born 12 weeks premature, Tinylife will be hosting a very special ‘Nativity’ today.  Teaming up with The Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Guy Spence, Playwright and Author Leesa Harker and over eighty children from Seaview Primary School, Belfast, Tinylife will tell a different story to highlight the impact a premature birth can have on a family.

Taking place at City Hall, Belfast this new play has been written by Playwright and Author Leesa Harker. Leesa, known for her internet sensation Fifty Shades of Red White and Blue stepped up to the challenge of writing a play that would raise awareness of TinyLife in a light hearted, yet thought provoking way and so ‘A Premature Nativity’ was born.

Talking about her involvement, Leesa says: “A while back, the students from PWC’s Data Analytics Team, in supporting the charity, got us thinking about the key dates in our calendar year and what it would be like if everything in our calendar year happened 12 weeks earlier than usual, what if Christmas was in September or Easter in January?  In reality this is the case for many parents of premature babies.  My own daughter was six weeks early so I understand the impact on the family.  In my play ‘A Premature Nativity’ a Belfast couple are expecting their first baby which is due on Christmas Day, as events unfold mum goes into labour and the baby arrives 12 weeks early on the 25th September.’

Alderman Spence, a firm supporter of the project, adds: “Christmas at the City Hall has come early to help highlight the work of one of my chosen charity TinyLife. I was moved to hear about the amazing work the charity does with parents of sick and premature babies and especially pleased to support the event as it is being performed by pupils from my old school, Seaview Primary.   Chief Executive for TinyLife, Alison McNulty says, “We were thrilled to have the support of The Deputy Lord Mayor Alderman Spence in affording us the opportunity to present the play in the prestigious setting of Belfast City Hall.  Leesa Harker has a wonderful sense of humour, she has cleverly and sensitively captured the essence of our work and over eighty pupils of Seaview Primary School under the direction of Mr Irvine have brought ‘A Premature Nativity’ to life.

A copy of the script and film of the play will be available to schools at no cost, all we ask is that the school takes up a collection or commits to some fundraising on behalf of TinyLife during their Nativity and Christmas festivities.   

Awareness and education presentations for schools can be arranged by contacting our Schools and Information Officer, Lesley Ann Macaulay email: schools@tinylife.org.uk