"When we read, we start at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out." - Vickie Karp
Friday, 30 January 2015
The Railway Children at King's Cross Theatre
Last week I was lucky enough to be taken to see The Railway Children at the King's Cross Theatre by Google, along with other lovely Booktubers (Leena, Sanne, Sarah, Pip, Lizzy and Livs). The Railway Children is such an iconic children's classic and we were all very excited about going to see it. Truth be told, we were pretty much fangirling all over the place.
King's Cross Theatre is in between King's Cross and St. Pancras, and the foyer has been made to look as if it were a train station. They have background noise of steam trains, and when they call you to your seats they announce it as though a train were coming. In fact the stage is rail track, with rows of seating either side labelled 'Platform One' and 'Platform Two,' so they've done an amazing job of making sure the audience are completely immersed in the play before it even starts.
The play itself is wonderful, with a real steam train used twice during the production - once when the children have to stop the train from crashing and again at the end... you know, the tear-jerking scene that I won't mention in case you've never read the book. Needless to say we all cried buckets. We got to meet the case beforehand, and explored the carriages of the steam train after the show, too - reciting lines from Harry Potter, naturally. It was wonderful.
The play's running until September, so if you happen to be in London I really recommend grabbing a ticket. (Make sure you take tissues!) xx
Jen Campbell is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling 'Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops' series, and 'The Bookshop Book.' She's also an award-winning poet and short story writer. Her poetry collection 'The Hungry Ghost Festival' is published by The Rialto and she is currently writing a short story collection. She runs a Booktube channel over at youtube.com/jenvcampbell
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