THERE promises to be plenty of confusion, laughs and songs as a play in a Taunton church brings a new take on the birth of Jesus.

Stable Manners is being performed by St James Players at St James' Church later this month.

The team previously performed Passioneaster2018’ and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as several online productions during the Covid lockdown.

The latest production will help raise funds for Taunton Food Bank and Action for Children Trust Uganda.

Visitors to a small Bethlehem hotel seem to have come to the wrong place.

But what has brought them there anyway? And who is the ‘hotel inspector’ really working for? What are they all seeking and what effect does it have on them when they find it?

Confusion, laughs and songs abound in this sideways look at the events surrounding a blinding light and a new birth.

Stable Manners is an original production written by local author and artist Chris Doyle.

He also wrote the last pantomime the team performed pre-pandemic and is a published author of children’s books.

Chris said: “Writing Stable Manners caused me a few sleepless nights as the ideas for a fresh look at the mystery that is celebrated every year began to form.

"Rehearsals are well underway and it will be a fun and enjoyable show for all the family.”

The Players are members of St James Church who for 15 years have used drama to bring smiles to their audiences and raised hundreds of pounds for charitable organisations in our community.

Tickets are available for Friday, January 27, at 7pm and Sunday, January 29, at 5pm. For details visit