By Liz Jarvis from LivingwithKids (www.kidstart.co.uk/livingwithkids)
The Railway Children, given that much of the action takes place at an...um... railway station, and does of course includes several trains.
It soon became apparent that although the play is being performed at the old Eurostar station at Waterloo (they’ve converted one of the old platforms into a theatre), much of the locomotive action takes place on the cleverly constructed stage – giant wooden blocks.
Not that it mattered, as we quickly became caught up with the lives of Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis.
Nothing was missed out, including the landslide/red bloomers incident, the Old Gentleman coming to the rescue of the children’s mother, and her decision to shelter a Russian refugee. The performances are brilliant and there are a few familiar faces, including the wonderful Marshall Lancaster (Chris from Ashes to Ashes) as Mr Perks.
But one of the most magical moments has to be when a real live steam train pulls into the middle of the stage. All you could hear at that point were gasps of amazement around the auditorium. I was in tears.
*The Railway Children has been made possible with the support of Welcome To Yorkshire (and it certainly made me want to go there). It runs until 4 September and is selling out fast. Recommended for children ages six and up.