I’d obviously lost my mind. Taking 200+ students and 16 staff, to the theatre on 3 coaches on the hottest day of the year so f ar…what was I thinking? I was thinking that I wanted to give our young people an experience they’d never forget and they got it, at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter watching the recent production of The Railway Children.
I wasn’t sure what to expect – certainly not that I’d be weepin g by the end, as many of the staff and students were. The emotio n came from a number of places – the nostalgia of a time and approach to life that we no longer see, the beauty of a reunion and a society where the children are not ‘wanting’, just ‘needing’ and this idea resonated with the staff and students.
It appeals to all ages (we took years 7 to 11 and a couple of governors thrown in for good measure and they all loved it!) It’s slick and fast paced with many elements of theatre to explore and the story is timeless. We all know that running trips is a headache from start to finish but was all the effort w orth it? You bet your red bloomers it was.
Lizzie Hedden – Head of Drama, Dawlish Comnunity College
I am still thinking about the exceptional performance we all saw on Tuesday morning. I haven't stopped talking about it to all my friends and anybody who will listen!
Many many thanks for including me in today's trip to the Northcott Theatre to watch a performance of The Railway Children. It was a very moving and absorbing experience. At the final curtain I was feeling very emotional as the excellent cast, the very clever and intuitive staging in fact the whole performance moved me in ways I wouldn't have thought possible.
It is many years since I have read the book or watched a performance of The Railway Children probably 25 years or more when my own children were old enough to enjoy the story but this production drew me in right from the first scene.
I think one of my many memories will be the absolute absorption in the performance of so many young people. There was no noise, no talking and no crackling sweet papers as they were all glued to the action taking place on the stage in front of them.
After watching the play I have decided to buy a copy of the book and reread the story by E. Nesbitt a brilliant children's author.
Once again many many thanks.
Kath Whaling, Joint Vice Chair of Governors, Dawlish Community College
We took 156 children in the end, and about 60% had not been to Exeter Northcott (or any theatre) before - and would now definitely recommend it to others and recommend the show as one that is definitely worth seeing. ALL of our children, without exception, loved the show.
We had one boy from a very disadvantaged background who we took to see Fantastic Mr Fox last week at Plymouth and who came with us to see The Railway Children. He stood at the end and stared at the stage saying "That was amazing. I loved it - I could sit and watch that all again. I want to go and watch the film now at home tonight. THANK YOU for the most fabulous day out and for looking after us so well
Teacher, Heathcoat Primary, Tiverton, Devon