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The Railway Children

Date

15th November 2014

Society

Leeds Childrens Theatre

Venue

The Carriageworks Theatre

Type of Production

Play

Director

Ian Goodison

Report

Author: Pam Booth

This adaptation of The Railway Children by Mike Kenny is by far the best I have seen and the Children's Theatre dealt with it brilliantly. The three children act as narrators and tell the story of how they became the Railway Children.

A simple set along with furniture made up from cases and large hampers helped the many different scene changes look so easy. The well drilled cast had them in place swiftly and silently. The train arrivals and departures were simple but very effective and the excellent sound and lighting effects added to the feeling of being in a real station.

The three main children were outstanding, a very talented trio, but praise must go to all the children whose reactions on stage were excellent. The adult parts were very well cast and they worked sympathetically alonside the youngsters.

Props were kept to a minimum but the ones that were used were very authentic. The costumes were well suited to the period and attention had been given to accessories and hairstyles.

There was plenty of humour in this play and an ending that brought a lump to your throat. A most enjoyable afternoon's entertainment enjoyed by both children and adults.