“Daddy, my daddy!”

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To a whole generation, those three simple words carry a deep resonance  which has brought the sternest man or maid to blubbering tears.

The film version of Edith Nesbit’s  ‘The Railway Children’, now 45 years old, is considered a classic of British cinema and has a considerable cultural significance for many across a wide age range, as explored in this article from The Guardian here:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2010/mar/21/railyway-children-anniversary-jenny-agutter

One would needed to have been fairly reclusive to be unaware of the splendid stage version, complete with real steam train, which has been wowing audiences across the country since 2008.

And now, ‘Three Chimneys’ comes to West Wickham. The Matchbox Theatre’s version of the story opens on Thursday, running three nights until Saturday. Ambitious in scope and style, the director, Vicky Pearce’s vision is inventive and will undoubtedly delight. Building on the successful innovation of ‘Improbable Fiction’, it channels the emotion, excitement and visual pleasures of the story played out during the age of steam. With creative staging that places the audience into the heart of the action,  marvellous visual effects, outstanding performance and slick storytelling this promises to be another evening  of wonderful theatre. And, as oft I say, that it costs but £6 is one of the truest examples of value for money a discerning viewer will find. Tickets are still available, to the best of my knowledge, but going fast.

‘Be about it.’

M

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