All Aboard! for gripping drama at Toddington Station
RAILWAY stations are not usually the spot to see plays, but if you catch a train in Toddington you can watch a gripping drama.
The Flag & Whistle café at Toddington Station will be the stage for a production of All Aboard! on March 3.
A joint venture by Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre and Birmingham's Play House Theatre & Education Company, the drama tells the tale of different lives in the Victorian era.
The play is part of The Family Fun Day in Toddington, which starts with a 10am return journey to Laverton on a classic train, followed by the drama at 10.30am.
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Describing the show, an Everyman spokeswoman said: "It's winter 1852 on a train travelling between Birmingham and Gloucester.
"When the train stops suddenly, the passengers congregate in the first class carriages – rich and poor, young and old, from the city, town and countryside. As they huddle for warmth, their stories begin to unfold.
"All Aboard! uses the lives of the individual characters to explore the dynamism of this inventive era. It also looks at how the Victorians laid the foundations for much of modern life, making connections between historical events and contemporary contexts."
Louise Partridge, head of education at Everyman, said the tale had grown out of the story of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway, one of the oldest in the world, connecting industrial Birmingham to the spa town in Cheltenham.
Maxine Barton-Hawkins, development manager at Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, which runs the station, added: "We are delighted to be hosting All Aboard! It's an exciting project and we hope that the addition of a train ride will enhance the audience experience.
"We are sure that all those attending will have a really enjoyable time."
All Aboard! will go on tour at schools around Gloucestershire from March 4 to 12.
For tickets, which are £5.50, call the Everyman box office on 01242 572573 or go to www.everymantheatre.org.uk