Production 193 The Ghost Train

The Ghost Train (2017)By Arnold Ridley

Performed on Wed 31st May to Sat 3rd June 2017 at The Astor Community Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Saul Hodgkin, stationmaster at Fal Vale Station Paul Curd
Richard Winthrop Duncan Currie
Elsie, Richard's wife Sarah Holman
Charles Murdock, junior partner in Murdock & Co Simon George
Peggy Murdock, Charles' newly married wife Alexa Morton
Miss Bourne Suzi Scott
Teddie Deakin Joe Harris
Julia Price Debbie Pinfold
Herbert Price David Carter
John Sterling Neil Hornsey
Jackson Gary Manning

Production Team

Production Team

Director Claire Middleton
Producer Duncan Currie
Set Designer Gareth Winters
Set Construction & Props Andy Heard & Gareth Winters
Sound & Lighting Design Gareth Winters
Costumes Debbie Pinfold
Stage Manager Mike Flynn
Lighting & Sound The Astor Theatre
Scenic Artists Simon Mills
Backstage Rhiannon Smith & Pat Wilson
Publicity Pat Wilson
Publicity Filming Mike Flynn
Poster Debbie Pinfold
Prompt Gary Manning & Mike Flynn
Programme Claire Middleton
Photography Andy Finney & Damian Davison
Film Editing Mike Pinfold
Front of House James Peacock & Claire Middleton

Previews

Previews

  

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Reviews

Reviews


Review of 'The Ghost Train' by Arnold Ridley
Wed 31st May to Sat 3rd June 2017
The Astor Community Theatre, Deal.

The Ghost Train, a play first written in 1925 by Arnold Ridley, Dads Army’s Private Godfrey in later life, opened Wednesday night at the Astor Theatre, Stanhope Road, Deal. The Direction by Claire Middleton and some first-rate performances by The Guild Players made it a superb evening out. The plot revolves around a disparate group of travellers, stranded together for an unintended, unpleasant, even life threatening, overnight stay in the isolated railway station of Fal Vale in Cornwall. Despite efforts to move the travellers from potential harm, the group elect to stay, come what may. Fal Vale station, with its unmaintained and near derelict waiting room, is superbly created by Gareth Winters' stage set. Aided by the team at the Astor, the technical direction makes full use of the lighting and sound effects to create further suspense and add to the atmosphere. Joe Harris is superb as Teddy Deakin, the cause of the imposed overnight stay. His camp, Bertie Woosterish portrayal provides a backdrop of constant irritation to his fellow passengers and huge delight to the audience. Special mention also to Paul Curd who plays station master Saul Hodgkin. The perfectly timed delivery of his chilling, opening speech sets the scene of the action to come. Mr and Mrs Winthrop, brilliantly played by Duncan Currie and Sarah Holman, gloriously argue and bicker their way to a marital separation apparently hastened by the nights enforced circumstances. Simon George, in his first major role with the Guild Players, is excellent as the newly married Charles Murdock. Alexa Morton, (Charles’s new wife Peggy) matches his excellence and catches her wide-eyed innocence with a delightful coquettish ease. Suzi Scott's portrayal of the elderly spinster Miss Bourne is played with such comic effect, it's a crying shame she spends much of act three passed out through “medicinal” brandy. Debbie Pinfold, another Guild Players veteran, is the manic and unstable Julia Price who feeds from the rather sinister and mysterious characters of her brother Herbert and his colleague Dr. Sterling, played by David Carter and Neil Hornsey respectively. Together, with Gary Manning as Jackson, they draw the action successfully to an unexpected climax. As in all previous productions, The Guild Players have succeeded in breathing new life into this much performed classic. In the hands of The Players, and the setting of the Astor, it provides a great evening’s entertainment. This may be director Claire Middleton's debut production but it surely will not be the last. You would be well advised to catch the Ghost Train before it makes its final departure from the Astor Theatre on Saturday 3rd June.

Andy Heard
31st May 2017

 

Facebook comments on Guild Players page

I must admit, I really enjoyed this interpretation of The Ghost Train by the whole of the cast and Director. Well done, I am going again on Saturday evening. PH, 31st May 2017
I watched the show twice, it was well worth the 2nd show as the performance was even better as the cast had nailed it on the head timing and dialogue, great to witness a great play by very good amateur cast. PH, 03rd Jun 2017
Great show especially the laughing at the end but overall most enjoyable. PH, 04th Jun 2017
Extremely enjoyable! AC, 31st May 2017
It was a fantastic show, really enjoyed it! Well done one and all. FB, 02nd June 2017
Well done everyone - brilliant play beautifully acted!! CC, 02nd June 2017
Brilliant show - go and see it. DL, 02nd June 2017
Loved it! SC, 02nd June 2017
Wonderful production last night. Thank you.TL, 02nd June 2017
Fantastic performance tonight, superb acting and totally entertaining. Really well done to all. BL, 03rd June 2017
If only British Rail in all its forms ran on time faultlessly and so gracefully as this production did. From a packed house last night thanks to all. If you can get a ticket then don't miss it. TG, 03rd June 2017
Well done, really enjoyed it and great scenery too! JA, 03nd June 2017
Superb performance last night. Well done to everyone involved. AF, 03nd June 2017
Really enjoyed the performance last night. JG, 04nd June 2017
Great show, thanks KG, 04nd June 2017
Amazing show. Enjoyed ever second of one of my favourite plays. Well done all the actors, Gareth Winters for his fabulous set and of course the Claire Middleton, the award winning director (well, she gets my Golden Globe). Lovely touch at the end Dave, icing on the cake! KG, 04nd June 2017
Fantastic performance from Debbie Pinfold and all the cast tonight. BL, 04th June 2017  
Excellent show, very enjoyable from start to finish, well done to you all, look forward to your next play. LE, 04th June 2017  

 

Twitter comment on @Guild_Players

The Ghost Train. An excellent production which kept us, the audience, gripped from start to finish. Well done. JS, 03rd June 2017

 

Responses to Twitter comment on @Guild_Players

ES went last night - agree with this review 100%! What talent we have in Deal
FS couldn't agree more. An excellent performance from The Guild Players

 

Comment received on Guild Players website

I saw The Ghost Train tonight and thoroughly enjoyed your production. Thank you for your very slick performance which was the best amateur production I have seen, anywhere. It moved well, was polished and absorbing, with surprises, a few laughs and an excellent closing denouement! CG, 02nd June 2017

 

Personal communications to cast member

You were top notch. Mary didn't even recognise you, the accent was spot on. NT, 02nd June 2017

 

Personal communications to production team

Bloody marvellous. NM, 02nd June 2017
Well done! That was excellent. NF, 03rd June 2017

 

Letter published in the East Kent Mercury 07th June 2017

Don't miss this amazing play
I saw a wonderful play in Deal called Ghost Train last night and wanted to say what an amazing production and bunch of actors my wife and i saw. Tonight is their last night and I urge anyone in the area to grab the last few tickets and support a wonderful bunch of people adding to the local community. Terence George, 04th June 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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