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The Railway Children

The Railway Children $14.99

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Mike Kenny from E Nesbit

Published by Nick Hern Books

6 Male 5 Female

Famously filmed, this story of a prosperous Edwardian family - mother and three children - forced into near-penury in the rural north of England captures the anxieties and exhilarations of childhood with great tenderness and insight

As Mike Kenny says of his remarkably faithful adaptation, "You don't need a real train to perform this play ... the most powerful prop is the imagination of the audience, the most effective tool the skill of the actors"

This version of The Railway Children offers three plum roles for young performers and is eminently suitable for schools, youth theatres and drama groups

Anywhere, in fact, where the cry of "Daddy! My Daddy!" is likely to provoke a tear

REVIEWS

" ... this glorious adaptation ... profoundly moving ... never for a moment runs out of steam" ~ Guardian

"Mike Kenny's adaptation shows his mastery of playwriting for children and families ... adults and children alike are enthralled by the clever mix of imagination and reality" ~ Financial Times

"Mike Kenny has sensibly kept tinkering to a minimum, introducing just one clever tweak whereby the three children are presented as adults looking back on their younger selves

This device works splendidly, allowing the familiar scenes to be elegantly sculpted and giving rise to the occasional humorous aside that wryly acknowledges the gap between hindsight and lived experience" ~ Evening Standard

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