Over 100 years old, E. Nesbit’s family classic centers on the lives of three children whose comfortable, middle-class existence ends when their father has to go away unexpectedly. Roberta, Peter and Phyllis leave their London home and move with their mother to a small cottage in the country where life is very different. With their mother now busy writing to earn money, the railway becomes a source of fascination and solace to the children.
They make friends with Perks, the station master, the “Old Gentleman” and the proud villagers of their new rural community. Like the people it carries from place to place, the train represents their connection with one another: people coming in and going, the hope for something exciting just around the corner, and the tempo and rhythm of life. These developing relationships all come together – at the station. However, mystery remains – where is their father?
This charming story deals sensitively with living in changing circumstances, justice, the kindness of strangers and the importance of family.
The Railway Children is brought to the stage as it roars into the Magnolia Theatre station October 7-22. All board!