Brockford Station, Wetheringsett; Monday 1 August, 2011 – A local theatre company has teamed up with a heritage railway to put on a unique production of a classic play.
The Tidy Theatre Company is staging Arnold Ridley’s The Ghost Train on three nights at Brockford Station, the headquarters of the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway.
The play will be performed inside the station’s open-fronted waiting room and features the MSLR’s heritage train, complete with live steam engine.
Audience members will be seated in the stalls at rail level or in restored railway wagons, which are to be used as ‘boxes’.
Ridley, better known for his role as Private Godfrey in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, wrote The Ghost Train after spending a night stranded on a country station in Cornwall.
But the TTC’s version of the play has been adapted by director James Davey to reflect its new Suffolk location.
Mr Davey said, “We’ve altered things like the station name to locate it in Suffolk, rather than Cornwall and we’ve also changed how the play is performed.
“Originally the train came through a door at the back of the stage, but we use the whole station and have the train coming into the second platform.”
The show is the first production by the Tidy Theatre Company and the first event of this kind held by the MSLR.
Both organisations see the project being a success, with the railway hoping other theatre groups will be attracted to perform at the outdoor venue and the TTC seeking a springboard from which to launch future productions.
Seats in the stalls are still available on all nights, with spaces in the ‘boxes’ remaining for some performances.
The production runs on August 11, 12 and 13 Brockford Station in Wetheringsett, near Stowmarket. Tickets are £10-12 for adults, £8-10 for concessions and £6 for children, and can be ordered using the booking form on the MSLR’s website, www.mslr.org.uk.