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Landmark new production of The Railway Children will use a real locomotive on stage

It’s full steam ahead for a landmark new production of The Railway Children.  Staged at the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, it will signal a first for Welsh theatregoers as it will be the very first time in Wales a real steam locomotive has been used in a stage adaptation of E Nesbit’s classic book, which was also a much-loved movie, starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins.

In an ambitious move Stardreams Theatre Company, who are based in Pontypridd, have joined forces with the heritage railway line to not only recreate the story, but also the golden age of steam.

Rehearsals are already well under way for the show which will be staged over the Spring Bank Holiday next year.  Stardreams’ director Robert Edmunds said his grand idea of using an actual locomotive came about when he was looking for suitable theatrical spaces to create the production.

“We’ve been rehearsing since March this year and in between rehearsal weeks I’ve been looking for a theatre space to stage the show,” he said. 

“People attending the show will take a two-mile train ride to the show’s location. They will then be taken by train back to the point at which they boarded.

“We hope it will be a magical experience for children and adults alike.”

The Railway Children will be staged at the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway on May 27, 28, 29 and 31.

Tickets are available now priced £12 with children and concessions £10 from the box office on 01443 439466 or email stardreamstickets@gmail.com

All tickets include a return journey on the train.

The production is also seeking sponsors. Interested parties should contact Robert Edmunds on 07518 065462.

Posted on: Sunday 8th January 2017