Under The Christmas Tree

The beautiful little church of St Augustine’s, set on the Derry walls, was the setting for what must definitely be one of the highlights of the Christmas season. Last night as the wind howled, and the rain lashed, the ‘little church on the walls’ was alive with the spoken word and divine music.

UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE is an evening of readings and music to celebrate Christmas. It is titled such based on one of the earliest novels by Jennifer Johnston, The Christmas Tree.

JENNIFER JOHNSTON was joined last night by ANITA ROBINSON, MARILYN MCLAUGHLIN and MARY MURPHY who all read from their own work relating to Christmas. They were joined by poet JENNI DOHERTY and actor MAIREAD MULLAN. 

Musician TREVOR BURNSIDE chose some hauntingly beautiful Christmas airs for the occasion. His interludes between readings were very special.

The Little Church on the Walls and UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE captured a perfect  moment in time in a perfect little venue in the most perfect of settings on the walls. The wonderful performers moved the audience from laughter to tears and back again to laughter. It was an evening of sheer delight and showcased the true spirit of Christmas.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Neo-Natal Unit in Altnagelvin Hospital, Derry.

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