Yesterday we were lucky enough to see The Railway Children in York. I’d mentioned last week to my mum that it was on and we’d found a date that worked for us and booked tickets. I’d been hoping to see it in London but when it was as near as York, we couldn’t miss the opportunity.
The theatre for The Railway Children is purpose build, so as to have two platforms and room for a train to run down the middle. The play originated in York, at the Signal Box Theatre, but later moved down to London’s Kings Cross. Due to this month being Theatre Month in York, the show is there too (it didn’t moved, the one in London is still on as well).
The Signal Box Theatre is part of the NRM (National Rail Museum) which is a free museum featuring a variety of rail related items, especially trains. As such we decided to make a day of it, arriving at the museum with time to look around and also to eat lunch. At 2pm we made our way to the theatre and sat through a fantastic production of The Railway Children.
I have seen The Railway Children movie but it was some time ago. The kids did a Paper Chase around the museum which reminded us on the key parts of the story which was good, but for the most part it all came back to me while I was watching.
The acting was absolutely spot on and I couldn’t complain about it at all. The unique staging and experience is by far one of my favourite that I’ve been too and I would most definitely recommend it to others and even go again myself. It’s probably no surprise to those who know me, but I cried at least three times, the timing was impeccable and despite knowing the storyline, it still touched me.
If you are thinking about going, you definitely should. While its probably not for young children, both mine at 7 and 10 enjoyed it (though probably more Megan than Lily, as there were times when Lily seemed bored). It has a little jump part, a little dark and scary part but overall its a great family show. I thoroughly enjoyed it, as did my mum who also cried at various parts! Whether you manage to make it for York Theatre month, or go down to London to see it at Kings Cross, I recommend you give it a go. With regard to seating, Platform 2 on the back row was fantastic but if you have to pick anything, pick the middle no matter whether it’s front, middle or back!