The Railway Children
A classic revisited
This article is from 2010.
Rather than cater to contemporary children’s experiences, Sell a Door Theatre Company has gone for a faithful rendition of a classic. E. Nesbit’s well-loved tale of Mrs Waterbury and her three children, who are forced to move to the country while her husband is falsely incarcerated, is a perennial favourite. The difficulties in making it accessible to children aged 6+ today are not insignificant.
Station master Mr Perks is on narrator duty, hinging the scenes together coherently. Some of the plumier language is sent up effectively by the actor playing Waterbury son Peter and evocations of trains via smoke, lights and sound effects work well. In all, it’s a professional, well-acted, highly competent production. The story, with its rigid class strictures, will always be anachronistic. Sell A Door do their best to bring it to a new audience, going as far as to cast the role of Jim from the Royal Mile each day.
C Plaza, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug, 2.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£5.50–£8.50).