Kids in London – Railway Children at Richmond Theatre

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Posted by KimT on Wednesday 30th of August 2017

This timeless E Nesbit story is bought to life beautifully by a talented cast, imaginative staging and a healthy dose of humour. And, of course, lots of trains – films of trains and model trains and steam from trains.

Most will know that it is about a mother and her three children – Roberta (Bobby), Phyllis and Peter – who have to move from London to Yorkshire when their father is taken away. The children form a friendship with Perks the station master and an Old Gentleman that they wave to on the train each day.

The themes of absent fathers, adjusting to poverty, the North vs South divide and miscarriages of justice are as relevant today as when the book was written in 1905. There are exciting adventures, interesting characters such as the French-speaking Russian writer and acts of bravery too.

Perks also acts as narrator to help the younger members of the audience follow the story. It certainly kept the small people entertained. I was seated near a three year old who was absolutely transfixed throughout the performance who often clapped with delight – especially at the happy ending. Adults will enjoy the simple, innocent story of bygone days too.

Railway Children has matinee and evening performances (7pm until 9pm) until Sunday at Richmond Theatre.


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