The Age of Steam


And so, October is upon us, bringing with it colder nights, shorter days, darker mornings and a buzz of activity at St Francis as, after the long summer break, preparations for the Matchbox Theatre’s winter production get underway. It seems an age since the lights went down on the hugely entertaining ‘Improbable Fiction’, and it is certainly a lot cooler in the church hall since those sweltering days, but the cobwebs have been blown away and work has begun on our end of year production.

Directed again by Vicky Pearce, ‘The Railway Children’ is hot off the West End stage with its professional run originally set to come to a close just last month. It continues its tenure at Kings Cross station through to the beginning of next year but, for patrons of the Matchbox there is no need to shell out those West End prices as this classic E Nesbitt story will be brought to life in St Francis church hall at a mere snip this December.

I am sure many will be aware that, alongside the classic story, the play boasts incredible special effects including a live steam train in its Kings Cross setting. Ever ambitious and not afraid of a challenge, as anyone who saw the deft switching of time and space and the marvelous spectacle of space pods and STJs in ‘Fiction’ will attest, Vicky is bringing a flavour of that to West Wickham, and that in itself is going to be worth the asking price! That the play has many of the Matchbox finest swelling its ranks only sweetens the deal. It is early days yet but as rehearsals progress be certain that the Matchblog will be there to update and provide more details as they become available.

As said in my previous missive, there is much to impart, and ‘The Railway Children’ is not the only entertainment that the Matchbox theatre is preparing this year. something else looms, something darker, altogether more chilling and dangerously compelling…

…But I cannot rehearse it now, a shadow draws across the moon, my time here is up and I must be away, but be sure I will return soon and will bring with me a story of terror..and horror…and death. A tale to make the very heart- stop!

Until then