Railway Children play at steam heritage railway

THE Mid Hants Railway (MHR) Watercress Line at Ropley Station will play host this month to an open air production of E Nesbit’s classic story The Railway Children.

To be performed by Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, it is full steam ahead for this captivating new adaption, which tells the story of Roberts, Peter and Phyllis as they get up to adventures surrounding the steam railway near their home.

Woodies Mountford, marketing manager at the Watercress Line: said: “We are delighted to be working with the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre on its production of The Railway Children. This will be the first time we have had an open-air theatre production here at the Watercress Line, and we’re encouraging people to bring picnics and come along for a wonderful family afternoon.

She added: “Showing such an iconic tale about the nostalgia of steam railways surrounded by the real sights, sounds and smells of our railway will be a truly immersive theatrical experience for visitors of all ages to enjoy.”

Nick White, head of youth and education at the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre, believes Ropley Station will provide the perfect setting for the production. “When we were looking to find venues for our upcoming production of The Railway Children our first approach was always going to be the Watercress Line.

“The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre recently produced some training videos for Network Rail that were filmed on the line and it was then that we fell in love with the idea of bringing a touring production to the railway. We are delighted that the team has embraced the idea so whole-heartedly.”

Performances of ‘The Railway Children’ will be held at 12.15pm and 2.15pm on both Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19. Tickets can be purchased online at www.watercressline.co.uk/product.php/101/railway-children or call 01962 733810.