‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ is the popular stage adaptation of the Ealing comedies classic about the forming of a local railway company. Expect real sound effects created on stage, railway engines built before your eyes and audience involvement – don’t be frightened, they’re friendly!
Innovation is in the DNA of Cutwater, so they love a bit of a mingle, a chat with the audience and a bit of a sideways look at how to present a story. The best way to adapt a film for the stage is to re-look at the story and how you tell it.
This adaptation by Philip Goulding positively invites the cast to go further. And they are loving it! – so will you. The moment you realise that you can’t actually get a real railway station, a real engine and carriages and several miles of track on stage is the moment you realise that the world’s your oyster.
Or British Rail sandwich. Your choice. That’s the point: abandon realism and go for the skies, and fill them with steam and coal smoke, while you’re at it. Or make the audience fill in the blanks, while you suggest it all with acting, imaginative use of scrap and furniture, and let them see how the sounds are made; doubling of parts means double the laughs – innovative, engaging and invigorating.
Now departing platform one for laughs, loves and the little man against the red tape: the Cutwater express! All aboard!
Wednesday 17th October 7.30pm
Thursday 18th October 7.30pm
Friday 19th October 7.30pm
Saturday 20th October 7.30pm
For more details and to book, visit: blackfriarsartscentre.co.uk/The_Titfield_Thunderbolt
* Disabled seating available please call Box Office on 01205 363108
**Prices are inclusive of a 50p per seat Refurbishment Levy