Chuff, chuff, chuff to South Hill Park

The Wokingham Paper - - LEISURE -

WITH half term just around the cor­ner, what bet­ter way to keep the chil­dren en­ter­tained than with a much-loved lit­er­ary clas­sic come to life on the stage?

South Hill Park’s Wilde Theatre will pro­vide the set­ting for Edith Nes­bit’s clas­sic fam­ily ad­ven­ture of The Rail­way Chil­dren as it pulls into the sta­tion from Wednesday, Oc­to­ber 25 to Saturday, 28 Oc­to­ber.

Bob­bie, Phyl­lis and Peter are up­rooted from their Lon­don home to a small house in the ru­ral countryside after their father is im­pris­oned for a crime he didn’t com­mit.

Upon ar­rival, they long for the bus­tle of the city, but slowly start to em­brace their new home once they discover the village rail­way sta­tion.

After meet­ing a col­lec­tion of colour­ful char­ac­ters they are soon in­volved in a plot to free their father and clear his name.

Adapted from the book first pub­lished in 1906, The Rail­way Chil­dren has since been brought to life for tele­vi­sion, film and stage, de­light­ing au­di­ences for more than 100 years.

Direc­tor Joe Malyan (South Hill Park’s The Bor­row­ers 2015, The Magic Fin­ger 2016) re­turns with the cre­ative team that brought au­di­ences the sum­mer clas­sic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, in­clud­ing in­ge­nious set de­signer Vic­to­ria Spear­ing.

In­ven­tive set de­sign, cre­ative cos­tumes, and en­gag­ing per­for­mances by lo­cal tal­ent are skil­fully com­bined to make this well-crafted pro­duc­tion one not to miss.

Tick­ets start from £20.50, with con­ces­sions avail­able. To book, visit www.south­hill­park. org.uk/events/the-rail­way­chil­dren or call the Box Of­fice on 01344 484 123.

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