The Ghost Train – The Apollo Players
You may remember the late Arnold Ridley as the bumbling Private Godfrey in the classic series ‘Dad’s Army’, but as well as his acting credits, Ridley was a renowned playwright, and ‘The Ghost Train’ is his best known play.
Set in the waiting room of a remote Cornish railway station, the drama follows the fortunes of a disparate group of travellers including a pair of newly-weds, a bickering middle-aged couple and an elderly spinster concerned for the welfare of her parrot. Stranded until the next train arrives in the morning, they dismiss the stationmaster’s tale of a ghostly train, deciding to make the best of it and settle down for a quiet night. It turns out anything but quiet when more people arrive in the dead of night…
Is the Ghost Train just a figment of the villagers’ imaginations? Will the travellers resolve the differences between them? Where does the strange woman come from and has she really seen the Ghost Train? What about the ghostly stationmaster who is supposed to haunt the station?
There are mysteries to solve, some light-hearted moments and more than one twist in the tale!
‘The Ghost Train’ is staged at The Apollo Theatre from 30 June until 8 July (not Sunday or Monday).
Tickets available at http://www.apollo-theatre.org. uk/the-ghost-train/
The attached photo shows cast members in rehearsal, left to right: Ginnie Orrey, Ian Moth, Graham Brown, Joel Leverton, Chrissie Blow, Matt Osborne and Abbi Leverton.
Photo credit – Paul Jennings
Submitted by – Marueen Sullivan