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The Railway Children

Book and lyrics by Julian Woolford. Music by Richard John. From the novel by E. Nesbit+


An idyllic Edwardian family Christmas is interrupted by a knock at the door and a family's life is changed forever. Father is wrongfully arrested and Mother and the three children, Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis, are forced to move to the country. Discovering a railway near their new house is just the beginning of a series of adventures set over one long summer.

Julian Woolford's and Richard John's musical brings a masterful emotional depth to this rite of passage story, developing from youthful passion for adventure to an adult sense of responsibility, whilst featuring heartfelt ballads, stirring choral numbers and tuneful melodies.

Cast: M5 F5 (with doubling), 1 boy, 1 girl. Chorus of children

Settings: Various interior and exterior settings

Period 1905-1906 (Edwardian)

Orchestration :

Keyboard 2, Keyboard 3, Keyboard 4, Electric Bass, Percussion (Snare, Mark Tree, Shaker, Sleigh Bells, Triangle, Suspended Cymbal, Woodblock, Glockenspiel)