Northampton Saints players to star in own nativity for good causes

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A nativity-themed play written by and starring Northampton Saints players is to take place at Franklin’s Gardens.

Prop Ethan Waller, has penned it and has written in parts for the likes of Ben Foden, who once auditioned for the Pop Idol TV show, and Jamie Elliot.

Two causes will benefit from the proceeds of the evening, Ronald McDonald House and Greenfields School.

Mr Waller said: “Last year, when (former Saints hooker) Ross McMillan was here, he was big on charity, an inspirational bloke, and we had an idea about the lads who play music at the Saints doing Christmas carols after a game or something.

“But we didn’t get round to organising it soon enough so this year we thought we’d take it a step further.

“I approached Shieldsy (team manager Paul Shields) and (head of community) Sian (Haynes) and I’ve spent the last month or so writing it.

“We’re on to a winner, I think. We sold 100 tickets on the first night.

“I’m surprised at how big it’s got, but I’m really pleased and I think it will be a really good evening.”

Ethan plays guitar and the Saints band will be completed by brother Alex, Jamie Elliott and Ben Foden.

Ethan said: “I might Buble Fodes up and put him in a tux, but I might not even need to ask that!”

Many of the staff at franklin’s Gardens are getting involved , even those not treading the boards

Ethan said: “It’s spread throughout the club and we’ve got some of the strength and conditioning staff involved, and kitman Kev is involved.

“There’s a limited number of roles we can have in the actual play, but the boys who aren’t in it are down here on the night either supporting, selling programmes, mulled wine, gingerbread, so on and so forth.”

The money taken on the night and from ticket sales will be split equally between the two causes.

Ethan said: “Because of the inspiration coming from Ross McMillan and some of the things he went through, we’re giving half of it to Ronald McDonald in honour of him.

“The other half is going to Greenfields School because they’re doing a bit of fundraising at the moment and they’ve asked for a few shirts.

“There are a few of us who have quite a close connection down there so we thought we’d help them out in their fundraising in that sense.”

“Every bit of money is going to the charity. It’s one of those evenings that will hopefully raise a lot of money for two good causes.”

The Saintly Christmas will take place in the Rodber Suite on Wednesday, December 16.

There will be 300 seats for audience members, which can be booked online at www.tinyurl.com/Saintly-Christmas or in person at the Saints Superstore during opening times.

Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s, with a family ticket (two adults, two juniors) available for £25 (use the code FAMILY at the checkout after choosing four tickets).

All seating is unreserved.

Doors open at 6pm, with the show starting at 6.30pm.