Revealed: sketches that show the inspiration for Banksy’s ‘alternativity’ in Bethlehem

By Emma Graham-Harrison

Danny Boyle's BBC Two documentary explores the problems he encountered directing the artist's contemporary reworking of the Christmas story

The traditional stage is familiar from thousands of primary school Christmas celebrations. Mary kneeling by a manger, angels with haloes on sticks, a diminutive king with an outsized crown.

But behind the actors and audience loom the menacing concrete slabs of a vast barrier wall, and the spotlights of the stage are augmented by searchlights from a watchtower housing snipers and machine guns.

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